The University of Groningen: an Engaging University

Han Borg, Annemieke J.B.E. Galema, Henk A.J. Mulder, S. Steenbeek

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    This chapter discusses the possibilities of fostering developmental universities. As a first step, it examines the actual role of universities in Innovation Systems. A main aspect of the relation between universities and society at large is the type and degree of autonomy that universities have; a notion of connected autonomy is proposed. Particular attention is given to describing prevailing academic evaluation systems, showing that they are detrimental from the point of view of Sustainable Human Development, and trying to understand why they are nevertheless kept in place. Some alternatives are suggested for elaborating metrics and evaluation systems that do not hamper but foster the contribution of universities to improving the quality of life for everybody.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe Civic University
    Subtitle of host publication The Policy and Leadership Challenges
    EditorsJohn Goddard, Ellen Hazelkorn, Louise Kempton, Paul Vallance
    Place of PublicationCheltenham, UK
    PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing
    Number of pages20
    ISBN (Electronic)9781784717728
    ISBN (Print)9781784717711
    Publication statusPublished - 25-Nov-2016


    • Civic Engagement
    • higher education policy
    • public engagement in research
    • responsible research & innovation (RRI)

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