Podcast: The Governance Paradox. Enduring and emerging tensions in the governance of universities

Prof Peter Maassen and Prof Bjørn Stensaker

Prof Peter Maassen and Prof Bjørn Stensaker

We are pleased to share with you a presentation of some of the key messages from a large scale project “European Flagship Universities; balancing academic excellence and socio-economic relevance (FLAGSHIP)The project is undertaken at the University of Oslo with partners at Universities of Twente, Aarhus and Helsinki, as well as LH Martin Institute at University of Melbourne

In the presentation, Prof Peter Maassen and Prof Bjørn Stensaker a share their insights about he project.

The seminar was recorded on 12th of February at the University of Melbourne.

Download the Powerpoint slides for the presentation here

FLAGSHIP project outline: 

FLAGSHIP examines the ways in which European flagship universities have adapted over the last ten years to far-reaching changes in their political and socio-economic environments, and the extent to which these adaptations are initiated and implemented by the institutional leadership or as a consequence of external change drivers.

A ‘FLAGSHIP’ university is defined as a comprehensive research-intensive university, located in one of its country’s largest urban areas. A FLAGSHIP university is in general among the oldest and largest institutions for higher learning of its country. 

The overall objective of this project is to produce relevant insights into the way in which selected flagship universities in Europe interpret and use their institutional autonomy in creating an effective balance between strengthening the excellence and securing the socio-economic relevance of their academic activities.

The project addresses the following two questions:

  1. What are the organised settings and institutional characteristics that attract highly qualified staff and students, encourage academic excellence and free enquiry and also make universities take seriously their social and economic responsibilities?
  2. What are the main factors that over the last ten years have affected these organised university settings and institutional characteristics?

Read more about the project here.