Universities' Third Mission: Where Is Higher Education Heading?

10/12/2017, 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM | German House New York

Universities' Third Mission: Where Is Higher Education Heading?

During the last decades, the range of activities and responsibilities that universities perform both in the US and in Germany has significantly widened as the importance of knowledge production and innovation for economic life and society has grown at a rapid pace. Integrating knowledge transfer as well as an increased societal engagement has become part of what is typically referred to as the "Third Mission" that, in addition to teaching and research, has created new roles for universities as active players in regional development activities geared towards stimulating innovation-based growth and improving the quality of life for their communities. Conversely, these third mission activities change stakeholder expectations of what universities and, by extension, higher education can achieve. To what extent has the increasing centrality of universities' third mission changed its relation to other university tasks? How do universities respond to the pressure put on them to generate more economic and societal value? Do third mission activities come at the expense of providing university students with an independent intellectual space? We invite you to join us for an exciting discussion on the rise of the university's third mission and its implications for the future of higher education.

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  • Featured Speakers

    • Dr. Lynne P. Brown

      Senior Vice President University Relations and Public Affairs, New York University

    • Dr. Harvey Charles

      Dean for International Education and Vice Provost for Global Strategy, University at Albany, SUNY

    • Prof. Dr. Ulrich Radtke

      Rector, University of Duisburg-Essen; Vice-President for Knowledge Transfer into Economy and Society, German Rectors' Conference

    • Prof. Dr. Ute Klammer (Moderator)

      Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Duisburg-Essen; Executive Director of the Institute for Work, Skills and Training, University of Duisburg-Essen