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There are several commonly accepted ranking systems for the First and Second Missions, which provide indicators to measure excellence in Higher Education Institutions around the world. Rankings improve quality assurance by allowing the institutions to understand their own performance, develop best practices, and provide effective and efficient value to society. They also provide quality indicators to governments, society and industry. However, there are no commonly agreed indicators or methodologies to assess quality in Third Mission activities.

This project will develop such indicators, promoting excellence in Third Mission activities, and encouraging Higher Education Institutions to share best practices across Europe.

Wednesday, 19 October 2011


Universities’ Third Mission: Indicators and Good Practices

Thursday, 2nd and Friday, 3rd February 2012

Venue: Wood Quay Venue, Dublin, IRELAND

In modern knowledge societies, universities play an increasingly important role in achieving economic growth and social progress. Their traditional missions of teaching and research are being broadened to include Third Mission activities that facilitate their engagement with society and industry. While the teaching and research missions of the university are well understood and frequently measured, its Third Mission is yet to be fully examined, and approaches to its measurement developed.

The Conference Universities’ Third Mission: Indicators and Good Practices, which will take place on Thursday, 2nd and Friday, 3rd February 2012 at the Wood Quay Venue in Dublin, Ireland, will discuss issues related to measuring the Third Mission, and, as final conference of the E3M Research Project, will provide an opportunity to present a set of indicators developed by the project, and to share good practices in attempts to develop a European-wide measurement framework for Third Mission activities.

The conference, designed as a highly interactive event, is aimed at Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), accreditation and ranking agencies, policy makers, institutions working with universities in the areas of technology transfer and innovation, continuing education and social engagement, international organisations and other colleagues working on projects in similar areas and having interest in the development of Third Mission activities.

For more information about the conference please go to

If you would like to register please go to the registration website: If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Dr Ela Krawczyk at or +353 1 402 3749.

We look forward to seeing you on 2nd and 3rd February 2012 in Dublin!

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