Spaces for dialogue, spaces for connection: new structures and dynamics in universities' regional engagement

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In recent years, universities have been increasingly expected to engage with their immediate territory. Whether based on the idea that these publicly funded institutions have a responsibility towards society, or in the wide recognition of their valuable contribution to regional innovation capacity and development (Arbo & Benneworth, 2007; Uyarra, 2010), universities’ regional engagement has evolved to become a central tenet within academia. According to Etzkowitz (1990), the introduction and integration of a third (following teaching and research) mission of external engagement is a “revolution” of the academic ethos, signalling greater changes in universities’ organisational structures.
Original languageEnglish
Media of outputBlog
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
Publication statusPublished - 24 Oct 2019


  • universities
  • engagement
  • organisational adaptation
  • organisational change
  • knowledge transfer
  • interface units

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