Community engagement

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UMS COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PLAN 2018-2020

 
 
 

 Introduction

The University of Modern Sciences is committed to active engagement with local communities.

We aim to do this in a constructive and mutually beneficial way in order to improve access to the University, its facilities, and resources, to exchange knowledge and skills with others, as well as to engage on local issues and community agendas. As a leader in education, and in line with the university strategic plan 2016-2021, UMS acknowledges its responsibility in raising awareness and involving society in proactive social responsibility activities and building bridges of cooperation with different stakeholders in the local community through its many resources, UMS aspires to give back to the community and to contribute to a culture of care, social coherence and unity.

All departments in the university will support the process of interaction with the community because of we belief that interaction with society is the basis of development and one of the most important goals to reap the benefits of education in its proper form.

 

The ambition of the Community Engagement office is that every member of the university is an active member of this community and is able to communicate and provide the best possible means to ensure that the association and its positive impact in society are maintained.

Principles of working

UMS believes in mutual exchange and dialogue – this includes working actively to consult with local people,

              schools and colleges, community groups who interact with us in terms of interest and local authorities.

We believe in embedding community engagement in our planning, people, resources and strategic infrastructure across all Academic Colleges and Administrative Departments.

Community engagement will be supported via an overarching strategy, creating a mechanism for review, best practice, and communication.

 

External and Internal stakeholder Groups

 
 

Community engagement Stakeholders

1-    Internal Stakeholders :

All UMS departments including Students, faculty, and staff

 

2-   External Stakeholders:

Government: All UAE government association and departments examples  ( Ministry of Interior, Dubai Civil Defense, Ministry of Health …

       Education: Schools, Universities, Higher education institute.

       Non-profit organizations: examples( Charity organizations, UAE special Olympics, Sharjah City for Humanitarian Services …)

       Business & corporate: examples (Du, Etisalat, Banks,.. )

       Local Community residence: Sports clubs, social clubs social events,

 

UMS Community Engagement Framework

 The UMS Community Engagement Framework encompasses the University’s Engagement Strategy which provides the statement of strategic intent for the practice of engagement across the University and the means by which engagement is embedded into the plans and activities of faculties, institute and divisions.

 Engagement with the external community is central to UMS strategic positioning to strengthen and extend the University’s strategic partnerships with professional and broader communities in order to reflect both its academic ambitions and its social responsibility.

In pursuing engagement the University values:

·         Collaboration across faculties, admins and divisions, and with communities

·         Leadership through the involvement of all levels of management and staff in capability building for integrating engagement into the University’s vision, goals and strategic plans and the work of faculties, institutes and divisions

·         Strong and enduring relationships and partnerships with communities based on mutual respect

·         Mutually beneficial and long-term outcomes for the University and the community

·         Transparency in communicating with internal and external stakeholders

·         Achievement in the scholarship of engagement.

 Implementation

 When facilitating the implementation of the Engagement Strategy, the University is mindful of its international aspirations as well as its ambitions to be recognized for the strength and relevance of its connections and benchmarking targets as specified in top-level plans and strategies. Implementation of the Engagement Strategy is reported by faculties, and units divisions during the University’s annual reporting process.

Roles and Responsibilities

The Head of Marketing, University Relations & Student Affairs along with the College Deans are responsible for the development of University policy on engagement and associated activities, and for the operational management and administration of specific engagement functions including:

·         Development and implementation of a relationship management framework.

·         Corporate fundraising, including corporate sponsorships.

·         Fundraising, including donations and gifts.

·         Alumni relations.

·         Student prizes, awards and scholarships.

·         International institutional collaborations and agreements.

Engagement Committee

Engagement Committee is responsible for providing advice to the Marketing Manager, Head of University Relations & Student Affairs on engagement priorities and developments nationally and internationally, and guiding the implementation of the University's Engagement Strategy as agreed by the University.

Engagement Strategy

 UMS recognizes that engagement with external communities, including industry, business, government and the professions, plays a key role in strengthening the relevance and value (in terms of quality and impact) of its faculty members’ research, learning and teaching activities.

The Engagement Strategy informs the University’s top-level plans and provides an enabling strategy so that engagement continues to be embedded within the five-year plans of faculties and other organizational units in pursuit of the following objectives:

·                  to contribute to the University’s learning, teaching and research, through strengthened engagement with external stakeholders.

·                  to develop UMS capability and capacity in engagement practice.

·                  to ensure that engagement is supported by systems, policies, practices and governance arrangements across the University in the faculties, divisions and institutes.

·                  to reinforce and strengthen a strong spirit of accessibility, vibrancy and community in UMS and its campus.

Faculty Role in Community Engagement - Action Plan

As a part of community engagement, the following is the suggested set of activities that the faculty will engage with the community:

·         Host two forums during the year

·         Host local conferences on subjects of interest

·         Engage with UMS advisory council members to provide advice on curriculum, applied research and consultancy services

·         Undertake applied research and consultancy services through for the community

·         Engage company senior executives to be guest faculty for one or two sessions in a semester in senior undergraduate and all graduate courses to encourage students with industry and also provide information related to the best practices in the industry.

Action Plan

 

 Community Engagement Action Plan

Activities Name

 Date

 

Purpose / objective

 

Responsibility

 

Timeline                    

Start :

End :                      

Activity type

Workshop

Conference

Lecture

Training course

Off campus activities

On Campus activities

Sponsorship

partnerships & agreements

Stakeholder Groups

Internal

External

 

 

 

 

Publicities

Flyer

Media

Poster

Brochures

Web

Roll ups

Social media

 

Evaluation / Measurement

Registration form

 

Surveys

 

Questionnaires

 

Feed back

 

Outcome

Number of volunteer

 

 

Number of participants and attendant

 

 

Number of organizing team

 

 

Number Sign up for future events 

 

 

               

 

List of UMS Community engagement 2018/2019

 

 

Event

Responsible

Date

Objective

1

Open Day

Alumni / University Relations

1/9

Socials responsibilities

2

Community engagement Workshop

 

University Relations/ IE

15/09/2018

Awareness –Benefits

3

International Day of Peace

Students Services

20/09

The importance of the peace in UAE

4

Health Day and Blood Donations

Student Services/ Health Care provider and University Relations

4/10

Donation importance

5

Breast Cancer Awareness Week

Student Services/ Health Care provider and University Relations

16/10

Awareness

6

Najah Education Exhibition

Marketing / Student recruitment

23-25/10

Branding and student recruitment 

7

Flag Day

Student services/ university Relations

02/11

Enhancing patriotism

8

World Teachers' Day

University Relations

22/11

Honoring the teachers

9

Martyr’s Day

University Relations/ student Services

30/11

Honoring sacrifice of martyrs

10

UAE National Day

Student services/ university Relation

02/12

Enhancing patriotism

11

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Student services/ university Relation

13/12

Integration with the community

12

UN Arabic Language Day

Student Services/ Faculty

18/12

Enhancing using of Arabic Language

13

Global Day

university Relation

20/01/2019

 

14

World cancer day

Student Services/ Health Care provider and University Relations

01/2

Spread cancer Awareness

15

Leaders workshop

V.P academic , QA ,

10/02

Leaders preparations 

16

Louvre Abu Dhabi Visit

Uni relations , Student services

04/03

Show the importance of art

17

First AID training

University Relations/ Student Services

20/03

 Provide the participant with first aid information

18

Crises and Emergency Conference

 Marketing/College Of Business

21-24/03

Share knowledge about Crises Management

18

Driving Safety Event

Dubai Police

10/04

Awareness of importance of the driving safety

19

World Autism Day

Student services

14/10

Definition of autism

20

International Workers' Day

HR / University Relations

01/05

 

21

World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day

University Relations / UAE Red Crescent 

08/05

Discuss Red Crescent achievement worldwide

22

Media Forum

College of Mass Com/ University Relations

15-17/5

Discuss New Media

 

Iftar campaign

Student services/ University Relations

10-13/6

importance of giving