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Third Mission Activities at Austrian Universities of Applied Sciences: Results from an Expert Survey

Department for Higher Education Research and Development, University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, 4600 Wels, Austria
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Publications 2019, 7(3), 57; https://doi.org/10.3390/publications7030057
Received: 1 May 2019 / Revised: 23 July 2019 / Accepted: 21 August 2019 / Published: 26 August 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Third Mission and Societal Impact)
This article looks at third mission activities as an integral part of universities of applied sciences (UAS) and sheds light on the wide portfolio of third stream initiatives at the Austrian applied higher education sector. In a pilot study, this research explores how the sector (consisting of 21 UAS) perceives its role as an enabler for prosperity, innovation and knowledge transfer in the local areas. In addition, we sought to identify the wide range of potential rationales behind regional engagement, attempted to differentiate between concepts that primarily target the traditional roles of universities (teaching and research) and seek to integrate third mission elements (Entrepreneurial University, Triple Helix, Mode 2) with an eye on economic gains and those that foreground additional responsibilities at the tertiary level for societal purposes. In this sense, we sought to carve out to what extent institutions also engage in third mission activities predominantly for non-economic reasons (Engaged University, Regional Innovation Systems, Sustainable University). Such a differentiation may have the potential to outline the paradigms for third mission activities in a more systematic and structured way. In addition, this analysis may allow Austrian UAS to make more informed decisions along the lines of third-stream initiatives that are based on their strategic positioning and profile. View Full-Text
Keywords: third mission; university of applied sciences; Austria; higher education; expert survey; entrepreneurial university third mission; university of applied sciences; Austria; higher education; expert survey; entrepreneurial university
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Gaisch, M.; Noemeyer, D.; Aichinger, R. Third Mission Activities at Austrian Universities of Applied Sciences: Results from an Expert Survey. Publications 2019, 7, 57.

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