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Higher Education Institutions in the Knowledge Triangle

  • Mario Cervantes
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Part of the Science, Technology and Innovation Studies book series (STAIS)

Abstract

This paper discusses some of the policy issues and best practices aimed at enhancing HEIs performance and improving their impact on society and the economy within the knowledge triangle. The knowledge triangle concept aims at exploring ways to better align and integrate the research, education and innovation functions of HEIs. The paper describes the contents of the knowledge triangle, HEI performance through the lens of this concept, policies to promote the knowledge triangle in HEIs, as well as potential contradiction in relation to other knowledge producers—public research centres and companies.

The conclusion is that there is no single model of universities and knowledge triangle. This is due to the country-specific peculiarities of educational systems, diversity within HEIs themselves and the functions they perform, as well as the specifics of regional ecosystems. Accordingly, the key to the efficiency of the knowledge triangle tools is their place-based adjustment. In order to achieve a tangible contribution of universities to the development of regional and local innovation, it is necessary to ensure complementarities and a balance between their missions.

Keywords

Knowledge triangle Research Education Innovation Third mission Regional ecosystems Place-based policy Higher education institutions (HEIs) Universities Knowledge transfer 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Organization for Economic Cooperation and DevelopmentParis Cedex 16France

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