Entrepreneurial Universities
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Entrepreneurial Universities

Collaboration, Education and Policies

Edited by João J. Ferreira, Alain Fayolle, Vanessa Ratten and Mário Raposo

With an increasing focus on the knowledge and service economies, it is important to understand the role that entrepreneurial universities play through collaboration in policy and, in turn, the impact they have on policy. The authors evaluate how universities engage with communities while also balancing stakeholder considerations, and explore how universities should be managed in the future to integrate into global society effectively.
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Chapter 7: HEInnovate: facilitating change in higher education

Andrea-Rosalinde Hofer and Gabi Kaffka


Higher education institutions are undergoing a change in terms of conceptual and organizational models. Entrepreneurship and innovation in higher education are no longer only associated with start-ups and technology transfer, but are increasingly understood as core elements of a procedural framework for how organizations and individuals behave. This chapter presents HEInnovate, a joint initiative by the European Commission and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, which provides a guiding framework for higher education institutions and their partners in national and sub-national policy making entities to support innovation and entrepreneurship. The chapter argues that the benefit of a common guiding framework is in overcoming the common tendency of responding through silo structures confined to faculties and departments or specialized professional services (such as technology transfer centres), instead of a wider strategic response undertaken by the higher education institution as a whole. The chapter introduces the reader to the free online self-assessment tool that facilitates the implementation of institution-wide strategic responses. It also presents emerging findings from country reviews of Ireland, the Netherlands, Hungary and Bulgaria, undertaken as part of HEInnovate, and argues that there are cross-country commonalities in how higher education institutions define and implement their entrepreneurial agenda.

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