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The Diversification of Higher Education: From the Social Contract to the Third Mission of Universities

Academic & Research
Monday, May 9, 2016, 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

The CEU Higher Education Research Group (HERG)

cordially invites you to a public lecture on

The Diversification of Higher Education: From the Social Contract to the Third Mission of Universities


By / Attila Pausits

Date / Monday, 9 May, 2016

Time /16:00 - 17:30

Venue / CEU Nador u. 9, Gellner room (monument building, 1st floor)


abstract | A further opening of universities towards social stakeholder groups is a part of the modernization agenda in the European Higher Education Area. This ambition is often overwritten with the concept of ‘Third Mission’. The third mission bundles all activities outside the academic environment and promotes interaction with other target groups. Typical areas of the third mission are continuing education, technology transfer and innovation, and the social engagement of the university as an institution. This presentation considers the third mission as a widening of teaching and research, introduces possible activities and calls for a systematic and strategic examination of the subject as well as for an integration into rankings. Furthermore, the presentation aims to stimulate critical reflection on the governance perspectives, through an analysis of the austrian universities, so that the third mission becomes a more relevant part of the social contract. 


bio | Dr. habil. Attila Pausits PhD is the head of the Centre for Educational Management and Higher Education Development at Danube University Krems in Austria and the academic director of the Erasmus Mundus Master Programme “Research and Innovation in Higher Education MSc”. Dr. Pausits led a number of international projects to improve university management and structures. He is recently involved in modernisation initiatives of higher education in Eastern Europe and Africa. Dr. Pausits is vice chairman of “EAIR” - The European Association for Institutional Research - , and co-editor of the e-journal “Working Papers in Higher Education Studies”. His resent research interests are related to third mission, real time university, continuing education and leadership. He is the co-editor of the latest special issue Institutionalizing Universities’ Third Mission of the European Journal of Higher Education.


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The lecture will be followed by a reception.