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EUA Conference Universities and Society: Engaging Stakeholders. Working Group 3:. Responding to specific local needs. EUA Conference Universities and Society: Engaging Stakeholders. Case study: University of Aveiro. Goddard: “common” situation

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Working group 3

EUA Conference

Universities and Society: Engaging Stakeholders

Working Group 3:

Responding to specific local needs


Working group 3

EUA Conference

Universities and Society: Engaging Stakeholders

Case study: University of Aveiro

  • Goddard: “common” situation

    • Mid-size, relatively new university in a medium-sized city

  • Innovative in linking the university its region: assuming socioeconomic responsibility

  • Several ex of univ/industry partnerships at reg’l level

    • Developing strengths in basic research

    • Univ/enterprise satellite groups

    • Proactive, visionary, entrepreneurial


Working group 3

EUA Conference

Universities and Society: Engaging Stakeholders

Diverse Structural Environments

  • Research structures and regulatory environment (tax, patents) vary enormously

  • Decisive impact on capacity to develop research

  • Interest in EUA pursuing national comparative analysis, and invesitgation of the diversification of institutions in Europe (univ, univ-colleges, nat’l laboraties, technological service institutions)


Working group 3

EUA Conference

Universities and Society: Engaging Stakeholders

Strategic Policy Decisions

  • Impossible for university to meet all needs of region: Need for strategic decisions

  • Policy can not be harmonised across Europe

  • Begin by self-evaluation and internal dialogue

  • Assessment of regional needs:

    • Support research in areas relevant to regional development: visionary

    • Develop human resource capacity (by educating students through research and community partnerships)


Working group 3

EUA Conference

Universities and Society: Engaging Stakeholders

Strategic Policy Decisions II

  • Difficult to find balance between building upon strengths within the univ, and fostering new areas

  • Way of responding to society needs is educating students through strong disciplinary training and developing flexible, critical thinking skills


Working group 3

EUA Conference

Universities and Society: Engaging Stakeholders

Examples of Institutional Projects

  • Develop shared responsibility among actors within university:

  • Students: main stakeholders, vehicles for knowledge transfer to society, ambassadors

    • ex. Society-based learning

  • Professors: medical faculty model, need for strong HR policy, link to promotion

  • Faculty/Dept: efficiently use best researches, adopt broad responsibility


Working group 3

EUA Conference

Universities and Society: Engaging Stakeholders

Examples of Institutional Projects II

  • Develop new institutional initiatives:

    • Project offices

    • Trainee programmes

    • Adult learning courses

    • Shared appointments with industry/univ

    • Adjunct professorships

  • Various approaches appropriate for each discipline


Working group 3

EUA Conference

Universities and Society: Engaging Stakeholders

Challenges

  • Long-term mandate to develop strong research capacity

  • Different models of univ leadership and governance structures influence ability for responsiveness to society

  • Need to attract and support top researchers

    • salary restrictions

    • Difficulties transferring social security benefits

    • ability to provide attractive research environment (RAs, equipment)


Working group 3

EUA Conference

Universities and Society: Engaging Stakeholders

Issues for future consideration

  • Will it be possible for a university to be internationally recognised if it is not locally responsive?

  • Is a central strategy with “special” interfaces needed or a decentralised model promoting individual development?


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