Moving Towards the Responsible University? A cross-disciplinary network on higher education’s role in the context of growing social and economic inequalities

Project: Research

  • KTH Royal Institute of Technology
  • University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway
  • University of Eastern Finland
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r a long period of time, the higher education and research sector has been framed by a excellence discourse, as shown in for instance rankings, mergers, recruitment of star researchers, and centres of excellence. In this project, the focus is on the wider societal role of modern universities, complementing and challenging the current policy ideas on excellence and world-class. In a series of three workshops during 2017-2018, a team of researchers (both senior and junior) will address issues like social and economic inequalities, widening participation and responsibilities. Four countries are involved – Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. The tangible outcomes from the project include publications in peer reviewed international journal, a policy report, research proposal discussions and a website. One of the workshops will also include practitioners and policy makers.
Main applicant:
Lars Geschwind, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
Rómulo Pinheiro, University of Agder, Norway
Jouni Kekäle, University of Eastern Finland, Finland
Mads P. Sørensen, University of Aarhus, Denmark
Effective start/end date01/01/201731/12/2018

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