The major objectives of the S2S group are:

  • To offer empirical evidence to promote and facilitate the collaboration between academia and society in terms of development and translation of results for research, innovation and technology.
  • To incorporate the findings into propositions for integration into university-wide strategy.

Definition Third Mission

In the higher education context, the Third Mission is defined as activities that go beyond teaching and research and have a direct impact on society and the economy through knowledge- and technology transfer. These include among others regional engagement, social engagement, social responsibility, and social innovation, whereby the benefits and needs of civil society are the main focus to meet our social responsibility as a motor of innovation in the region. This approach is understood as both mutual interaction and linkage in terms of collaboration and co-creation between the university and the external environment, such as enterprises and different stakeholders of civil society.


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