Concluding discussion: The past, present, and future of technical universities

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Higher education institutions identified as ‘technical universities’ enjoy considerable status in many countries. Yet studies of boundary negotiations from a range of settings suggest that opportunities to transform into a broader, research-based university often takes precedence over the alternative vision of remaining or moving towards becoming a focused technical university. In this chapter, we discuss alternative explanations for the lacklustre appeal of the latter type of institutional template, and outline a roadmap for how the historical legacy of the technical university may be cultivated.




Broström, A., Geschwind, L., & Larsen, K. (2020). Concluding discussion: The past, present, and future of technical universities. In Higher Education Dynamics (Vol. 56, pp. 227–242). Springer Science and Business Media B.V.

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