Supporting Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Higher Education in Hungary

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This report presents evidence-based analysis of current strategies and practices in higher education institutions (HEIs) in Hungary towards a value-creating use of knowledge resources for innovation and entrepreneurship. The analysis and recommendations are highly relevant for policy makers and HEI leaders in other countries. Increased attention to innovation and entrepreneurship both from public policy actors and HEI leadership has triggered an incremental change process in the organisational culture of HEIs and a new approach to education and research for students and staff. HEInnovate is a joint initiative of the European Commission and the OECD to promote the innovative and entrepreneurial higher education institution across Europe and beyond (www.heinnovate.eu).



Enhancing the organisational capacity of Hungary's higher education institutions

This chapter expands on the findings of related to organisational capacity, mission readiness, funding, people and incentives. Transforming Hungarian Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), of which many have long-standing traditions, is a long-term process and not free of barriers. Decreasing public funding for higher education is coupled with decreasing numbers of students and graduates. The current administrative and academic structures, core institutional funding, and the allocation of staff time are still oriented towards a dual mission model. The chapter explores current strategies and practices to further anchor entrepreneurship, innovation and the third mission, and provides recommendations and learning models on how strategy, resources and support structures can create and sustain synergies across the HEI’s different functions.


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