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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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EUA Conference

Universities and Society: Engaging Stakeholders

Working Group 3:

Responding to specific local needs

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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
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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)
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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)
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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
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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
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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
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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)
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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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