University Collaboration at a Cross-Road: Evolution and Tensions in Third-Mission Engagement

  • Roger Normann
  • Rómulo Pinheiro
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Global Higher Education book series (PSGHE)


In this chapter, we discuss the evolution and tensions of third-mission collaboration in Southern Norway. We follow the unfolding of third-mission engagement through university college mergers and the establishment of a university. Four distinct phases in the evolution of third-mission engagement are identified, and a typology of third-mission roles is developed. Based on this, we ask: How does third-mission engagement evolve, and does it create additional ambiguities in young higher education institutions?



The study which provides the backdrop for this chapter was undertaken under the framework of the research programme entitled ‘Norway Grants’ (2009–2021), funded by the Norwegian Research Council, and focusing on research and capacity building in the so-called new EU countries.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.AgderforskningKristiansandNorway
  2. 2.University of AgderKristiansandNorway

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