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Resilient Universities

Confronting Changes in a Challenging World

Edited By Jan Erik Karlsen and Rosalind Pritchard

Resilience is ostensibly acknowledged as a cross-disciplinary issue, yet resilience analysis has seldom been applied to the understanding of universities and the academic world. The contributions to this volume aim to fill this gap through the presentation of both theoretical and empirical studies.
The book’s title reflects the desire to extend the debate in new directions and to assemble a fresh set of models and tools for thinking about resilient universities. Bringing together a range of experts in the field, this collection marks a novel departure within the social sciences and is intended to act as a first step towards establishing a holistic approach to future university governance and adaptation.
Today’s European universities are confronted by profound changes. This book constitutes an accessibly written, polemical and bold exploration of how current crises facing higher education institutions could be more effectively addressed by institutional resilience and new forms of adaptive, future oriented governance.


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Carmen Pérez-Esparrells and Eva M. Torre Fundraising in European Higher Education Institutions


Carmen Pérez-Esparrells and Eva M. Torre 12 Fundraising in European Higher Education Institutions: A Strategy for University Enhancement The Role of Fundraising in the Global Market of Higher Education European higher education institutions (HEIs) participate in a ‘global market’ of higher education with other institutions across the world. Many factors contribute to making higher education the centre of acute competi- tion. Massification and internationalization are two of the most important features, ref lected in the boom of global HEI rankings. In this new scenario European HEIs are competing for talent and resources. The identification of opportunities for co-operation with their stakeholders in the private sector, specifically with philanthropic funders, will be a crucial element of the institutional development in European universities. The European higher education sector is facing problems in rela- tion to financial sustainability: its institutions have to navigate increasing international competition whilst their core public funding is dropping. This situation is leading European universities to diversify their income sources as a risk-mitigation measure. They need to seek new means of raising supplementary private funds in addition to relying on traditional private sources such as student contributions and contracts with business sector (Estermann and Bennetot, 2011). Therefore, in response to the global financial crisis the funding of European HEIs has started on a path of profound transformation against the background of historical circumstances. This context has led many universities in Europe to diversify their income streams by introducing 324 Carmen Pérez-Esparrells and Eva M. Torre other fundraising...

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