This session examines the role and relevance of the technology university. Different models and drivers for the technology university are explored – from those that are deliberately planned and established from the start to the already established university that evolves its identity as a technology university.
The session considers the technology university within various contexts. One such context is the triple helix - an integrative approach to innovation through joining up government, industry and education. It looks at the congruence in the knowledge economy between academic goals to extend and disseminate knowledge; commercial goals to serve markets profitably; and government goals to support thriving populations and localities.
These issues are addressed through debate and discussion. The panel draws from a range of different countries and contexts. Delegates are expected to play an active role, offering input on:
• What model of technology university is most effective?
• How do we adapt models for different geographical, political and economic contexts?
• Whose responsibility is it to become a technology university – the university itself, government or industry?
• How do we build the capacity of technology universities?
This session is curated by by Professor Brian Cantor CBE, Vice-Chancellor and Principal, University of Bradford, UK as part of our 2015 guest curated session series.