Towards an engaged university in the periphery: Innovation, regional development and institutional change

This episode discusses the transformation of entrepreneurial universities into engaged universities in peripheral, less-developed regions. Focusing on the cases of two universities from RUNIN network, the University of Aveiro in Portugal and the University of Twente in the Netherlands, Ridvan Cinar examines the hurdles that universities face in this transformation such as institutional structures, strong established identities and the focus on the technological innovation. Yet, Ridvan emphasizes that engaged university is a global phenomenon and increasingly becoming a reality in response to the heightened expectations from universities under different regional needs and contexts. Ridvan proposes a differentiated funding mechanism for universities in peripheral regions and more flexibility for the evaluation of academic performance that pays attention to the different missions of universities. He concludes by questioning the validity of institutional thinness concept for less-developed regions in Western Europe and depicting an ideal engaged university profile. You can read more about Ridvan’s research by following this link.