IV.5 Knowledge, engagement and higher education in Europe

Abstract: 

While European universities have much to offer European society in the field of community engagement, there is an urgent challenge to improve their current performance. A great deal is demanded across all walks of society for the knowledge emanating from universities, and for the exchange and co-production of knowledge with universities, and a failure to respond will undermine popular support for the sector. University work in engagement occurs against a range of competing forces, including modernization, internationalization and budget cuts. As a consequence, universities are faced with having to make strategic choices and are being overloaded with missions; seemingly less important missions risk becoming peripheral within this scenario.

Author/s: 
Paul Benneworth and Michael Osborne
Publication year: 
2013

Partners

  • UNESCO. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • The Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP)

Sponsored by

  • Generalitat de Catalunya
  • Ajuntament de Barcelona