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New Perspectives for Learning - Briefing Paper 70

European Universities for Entrepreneurship:
their role in the Europe of Knowledge

This is an Interim Briefing Paper of the project that started in September 2004

Context of the Research

The development of a knowledge-based society in Europe is a priority for national governments and for the European Commission. In all modern societies, universities are the main “knowledge factories”, partly because they produce most of the fundamental research that leads onto later applications.

A university, especially in Europe, tends to be a long-established organisation, but one that is constantly changing. This is a challenge for those that wish to understand it and to improve its effectiveness. The longevity of a university is not accidental: it is associated with the university’s knowledge production processes.

This project will look at the internal workings of universities, and how their respective national planning and funding arrangements affect them. It will seek to identify steps that can be taken to improve their effectiveness as knowledge producers and as knowledge transmitters in Europe today and in the future.

The project involves researchers from the UK, Sweden, Finland, Spain, Poland, Russia, Moldova and the International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP) a UNESCO agency.

Key Issues

The project will address the following key issues: -

  1. What role does the “European university” play in knowledge production and transfer?

  2. What changes, within the institution and nationally, are needed to improve its effectiveness in these respects?

  3. Are there good models from which other European universities might learn? Are there problems in transferring these methods?

Further Information

Project title: “European Universities for Entrepreneurship: their role in the Europe of Knowledge”. The first interim results are due late 2005 with a full interim report due mid-2006 and the final due mid-2007.

This project is supported with a European Community contribution of one million Euro.

Research Institutions

Institute of Education, University of London, United Kingdom
Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden
University of Turku, Finland
Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, Spain
UNESCO - International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP)
Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland
Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia
Moldova State University, Moldova

Contact Person

Dr Paul Temple
School of Lifelong Education and International Development
Institute of Education,
University of London
20 Bedford Way
United Kingdom

Tel +44 20 7612 6463
Fax +44 20 7612 6632

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