Practice-Oriented Research: The Extended Function of Dutch Universities of Applied Sciences

Egbert de Weert, Frans Leijnse

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This chapter seeks to analyse the legitimate research claims of Dutch universities of applied sciences. It subsequently analyses how the research function has been conceived in national policies, the emerging funding schemes for research, strategies developed by these institutions regarding organisational structures, human resources and research reward systems. Public policy for research in universities of applied sciences has changed due to the growing importance of knowledge utilisation and innovation in the context of the Lisbon 2000 Agenda and the need to increase investments in research and education. Given the professional orientation of the UASs, it seemed natural to assign to them a specific role in the innovation process by intensifying collaboration with industry and particularly with SMEs. Various national policy agencies have stressed the particular role of UASs to develop new ways of knowledge transfer, knowledge circulation, and attempted to define a distinctive research function for UASs.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Research Mission of Higher Education Institutions outside the University Sector: striving for differentiation
EditorsSvein Kyvik, Benedetto Lepori
Place of PublicationDordrecht
Number of pages282
ISBN (Print)978-1-4020-9243-5
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Publication series

NameHigher Education Dynamics
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
ISSN (Print)1571-0378


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  • IR-87008


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