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JOIN US! Webinar: Social innovation in higher education institutions

On May 24, 2022, at 9 -11 AM CET we take the publication „Social Innovation in Higher Education – Landscape, Practices, and Future Opportunities” out for a spin and invite you to join us.

We take the book „Social Innovation in Higher Education – Landscape, Practices, and Future Opportunities” that is edited by Paunescu, Lepik and Spencer as an opportunity to discuss how higher education institutions (HEIs) can respond to societal challenges, support positive social change and influence the international public discourse on social innovation.

We will discuss how the present higher education system, in different countries, promote social innovation and create social change and impact. In answering this question, factors driving success as well as obstacles are identified. Some suggestions are offered about how the present system can be improved both based on existing data and international literature on social innovation in higher education.

Join the webinar

Time: May 24, 2022, 09:00 -11:00 AM CE

Venue: Join us virtually:


09:00-09.10 Introduction to the webinar, Dr Katri-Liis Lepik

09:10-09:30 Plenary discussion, Prof. Carmen Paunescu, Dr Nick Spencer

09:30-10:40 Break out rooms:

  1. How are universities influencing the dynamics between creativity and compromise in social innovation settings?

  2. How can universities set their social innovation priorities taking into consideration their existing managerial, financial and social structure?

  3. How to measure the performance of education for social innovation in HEIs?

10:40-10:55 Conclusions from the discussions in the break out rooms

10:55-11:00 Closing of the webinar, Katri-Liis Lepik

The aim of this Cost Action Shiine is to demonstrate, through the adoption of MDI methods, how we can respond in higher education institutions to social problems with a design-led approach which has a problem-oriented ethos, supporting positive social change and the development of international public policy discourse.


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