IMHE Conference: Higher Education in the 21st Century – Diversity of Missions


Around the world, higher education and higher education institutions are changing rapidly. Traditional academic cultures and relationships are being challenged, bringing new social dynamics to higher education systems and increasing diversity and differentiation within and between institutions.

Against the backdrop of these changes, the OECD Programme on Institutional Management in Higher Education (IMHE), the International Association of Universities (IAU), Ireland's Higher Education Authority (HEA), and the Irish Universities Association (IUA) organised a conference on the theme: Higher Education in the 21st Century - Diversity of Missions, which was held from 25-27 June 2007 at the Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland (DIT) .

Sessions focused on questions of how the diversity of institutions is valued (or not) by Governments, funding agencies and society more generally by exploring such issues as: what are the appropriate incentives to enable institutions to relate research to mission; how to better measure and evaluate the contribution that HEIs make to national, regional and local economic and social development; and how are institutions facing up to the challenges of widening participation and cultural diversity, and how to support diversity without hierarchy.

Conference abstracts

  • Andréas Eshete

Conference website

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