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The Civic University: The Policy and Leadership Challenges

13 December 2016

What is the Civic University, and how can we use this concept to understand higher education’s engagement with the outside world in varying institutional and geographical contexts? What are the appropriate internal structures and mechanisms required for a university to effectively encourage and support civic engagement activity for the greatest societal impact? How can embedding civic engagement in individual institutions and wider systems be facilitated by changes in higher education and related policies at the subnational, national and European level?

Civic University

In a recently published book, the leadership and management challenges of maxi-mising the contribution of universities to civil society both locally and globally have been drafted. It does this by developing a model of the civic university as an academic concept, drawing out practical lessons for university management on how to embed civic engagement in the heartland of the university. To this end, the contributors compare experiences and reports on a developmental process in eight institutions, including University College London and Newcastle University in the UK and the Universities Amsterdam and Groningen, The Netherlands.


Annemieke Galema, director Research & Valorisation department, University of Groningen, is coeditor. For more information, please contact Annemieke Galema

The book ‘ The Civic University, The Policy and Leadership Challenges’ can be ordered under this website

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