IV.5 Knowledge, engagement and higher education in Europe


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.

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

Sponsored by

  • Generalitat de Catalunya. Ministry of Business and Employment. Department of Research and Universities
  • Generalitat de Catalunya. Ministry for Foreign Action and Open Government