Re-envisioning Higher Education’s Public Mission

Global Perspectives

  • Antigoni Papadimitriou
  • Marius Boboc

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Thomas Farnell, Anete Veidemane, Don Westerheijden
    Pages 187-203
  3. Leon Cremonini, Abebaw Yirga Adamu
    Pages 229-249
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 291-294

About this book


This book covers initiatives related to higher education’s public mission such as university-community engagement, knowledge transfer, economic development, and social responsibility, using empirical and conceptual cases in the US, South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. In order to develop a better understanding of public mission initiatives in higher education across the globe, the volume editors developed a theoretical framework emerging from organizational theory. Each chapter analysis uses both external environmental elements (political, economic, sociocultural, and technological), as well as internal institutional elements (mission, vision, leadership, and governance). Finally, each chapter highlights issues related to implementation and challenges with the intent of prompting readers to consider appropriate ways in which to adopt some of the lessons learned by the contributing authors.


Higher Education Institution community engagement public mission sustainable development goals Knowledge Transfer leadership social responsibility

Editors and affiliations

  • Antigoni Papadimitriou
    • 1
  • Marius Boboc
    • 2
  1. 1.School of EducationJohns Hopkins UniversityBaltimoreUSA
  2. 2.Cleveland State UniversityClevelandUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature 2021
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-55715-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-55716-4
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