What is it about?

This paper seeks to identify ways by which the core functions of HRD can be used to enhance the UCP in lieu of the “town and gown era.” Furthermore, we seek to tout the need to extend HRD activities beyond the organization and leverage their knowledge and skills to spearhead community development agenda through coalition building between organizations, local universities and the community. This will ensure greater collaboration and help identify the best practices in using community resources for mutual benefit.

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Why is it important?

Cities across the USA have expanded such that university campuses, which were once separated from the community, can no longer enjoy the solitude that previously defined them. Hence, the problems of the external community cannot be isolated from the university. The startling transition from the “town and gown” era (the metonymy that describes the academic and non- academic community) to the overarching synchrony between university campus life and the external community calls for the solidification of the UCP to help address some of the common community problems that impact campus life.


HRD is uniquely positioned, given the scope of practice and research to champion university–community research partnership. HRD as part of the university brings to the table a variety of valuable resources, including faculty scholars with research expertise, knowledge dissemination strategies and graduate students. This, in conjunction with resources within communities and with community partner’s practice knowledge including application of interventions in real-world settings, as well as access to research subjects, provides a unique opportunity to shape research questions and execute research studies to advance practice to research and research to practice

Professor Robert M Yawson
Quinnipiac University

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This page is a summary of: The role of HRD in university – community partnership, European Journal of Training and Development, March 2019, Emerald, DOI: 10.1108/ejtd-12-2018-0119.
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