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Higher Education Policy

, Volume 30, Issue 4, pp 425–442 | Cite as

Universities’ Third Mission: Global Discourses and National Imperatives

  • Rómulo Pinheiro
  • James Karlsen
  • Jan Kohoutek
  • Mitchell Young
Original Article

Abstract

Universities are increasingly pressurized to contribute to the socio-economic development of their societies. This has led to increasing calls for stronger societal engagement around the third mission (TM). In this paper, we contextualize developments surrounding TM by comparing policy approaches in Norway and the Czech Republic. Our analysis shows similarities as well as differences and points to the importance of assessing TM developments in the light of wider policy dynamics and priorities.

Keywords

universities third mission regional development governance Norway Czech Republic 

Notes

Acknowledgements

The research leading to these results has received funding from the Norwegian Financial Mechanism 2009–2014 and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports under Project Contract No. MSMT-5397/2015.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rómulo Pinheiro
    • 1
  • James Karlsen
    • 1
  • Jan Kohoutek
    • 2
  • Mitchell Young
    • 2
  1. 1.AgderforskningKristiansandNorway
  2. 2.Centre for Higher Education StudiesPragueCzech Republic

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