From Ignoring to Leading Changes – What Role do Universities Play in Developing Countries? (Case of Croatia) Cover Image

Od ignoriranja do vođenja promjena - koju ulogu imaju sveučilišta u zemljama u razvoju? (slučaj Hrvatske)
From Ignoring to Leading Changes – What Role do Universities Play in Developing Countries? (Case of Croatia)

Author(s): Slavica Singer, Sunčica Oberman Peterka
Subject(s): Economy, Education, National Economy, Business Economy / Management
Published by: Sveučilište Josipa Jurja Strossmayera u Osijeku, Ekonomski fakultet u Osijeku
Keywords: entrepreneurial university; regional development; university accountability; Triple Helix,

Summary/Abstract: Using the model of entrepreneurial university, the paper presents major blockages (university’s own institutional rigidity, fragmented organization, lack of mutual trust between the business sector and universities,no real benchmarks, legal framework not supportive of opening the university to new initiatives) in TripleHelix interactions in Croatia. Comparing identified blockages with expectations (multidimensional campus, cooperation with the business sector and other stakeholders in designing new educational and research programs) expressed by HEIs in developed countries around the world (2008 EIU survey) indicates new challenges for universities in developing countries. With Triple Helix approach, not confined within national borders, but as an international networking opportunity, these challenges can be seen as opportunities,otherwise they are threats. On the scale of ignoring, observing, participating and leading positive changes inits surroundings, for the purpose of measuring vitality of Triple Helix interactions, Croatian universities are located more between ignoring and observing position. To move them towards a leading position, coordinated and consistent policies are needed in order to focus on eliminating identified blockages. Universities should take the lead in this process; otherwise they are losing credibility as desired partners in developing space for Triple Helix interactions.

  • Issue Year: 23/2010
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 307-315
  • Page Count: 9
  • Language: Croatian