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Innovation management in higher education: Nano sciences and technologies for scientific citizenship

Author(s) Lobanova-Shunin, T. & Shunin, Y.  
Publisher London: CiCe  
Year 2014  
Editor P. Cunningham & N. Fretwell (eds.) Innovative Practice and Research Trends in Identity, Citizenship and Education  
Age group -  
This paper explores significant trends in contemporary higher citizenship education, innovation management, including a specific focus on the role of market forces, mobility, new technologies, new emerging identities, and quality assurance in higher education that has started to move towards assessing educational and labour market outcomes instead of inputs. Taking into account specific economic, social and cultural contexts, an essential challenge for higher education systems is to combine the encouragement of efficiency and excellence with the promotion of equity and access in the context of increasing competition when carrying out their core missions of teaching and research, when developing and implementing innovative citizenship education programs, and when providing additional privileges and services to individual citizens and the society, the amount and range of which is now vast. In this paper we address these issues both from a quantitative and qualitative standpoint. The key issues under research include the Systemic approach to innovation management as a synergy of technosciences and humanosciences in citizenship education at Riga Technical University, Aeronautics Institute (Riga, Latvia), to comparing the criteria and indices of its study programmes and their compatibility. Sociometric matrix method applied to institutional complex ratings is the factor that integrates all the elements. The research results have demonstrated that the developed Rating Assessment Model of Institutional Performance offers the methodology for citizenship education in Higher Education Institutions that helps to direct efforts to get recognition for maintaining and improving the academic quality by evaluating and demonstrating that high standards are being met and academic activities are also in accordance with the national policies striving to further enhance the standards according to international practices and development and international compatibility. Implementation of the obtained research results can contribute to the development of scientifically grounded concept for innovation management in citizenship higher education, to stimulate compatibility self-assessment, eliminate weaknesses and build upon strengths.

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