Various kinds of research: A challenge for University Colleges and Polytechnics

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Author(s)Josef Koubek
Colleges and Polytechnics are excellent places for performing applied and output-oriented research. Moreover, research is looked at as an integral part of the teaching process at higher education institutions (HEIs) of all types and levels. HEIs are important actors in the European Research Area (ERA) establishment and its running. HEIs research should be oriented on outputs into practice and society.
Research thinking should be the most powerful tool in the teaching process. Research training should be carried out by doing research in an appropriate HE environment.
A co-existence of teaching and research is part of the HEI identity, and this is of great importance even at BA levels. A simple answer will be given to the question: “Why would an undergraduate want a research-oriented teacher?” Setting or improvement of knowledge transfer between HEIs and companies and society is of great importance . The collaborative type of research is a necessity. The concept of Responsible Partnering developed by EIRMA, EUA, EARTO and PROTON will be presented.
The crucial point of Responsible Partnering is recognition that the greatest benefits of collaborative research tend to be achieved within long-term partnerships. Trust and stability are preconditions for establishing the significant research programmes. Companies and HEIs operate according to different objectives, and long-term partnerships cannot be guaranteed by contract at the outset.
Supportive public policy measures at the local, regional and national levels are also necessary to ensure the success of Responsible Partnering through long-term corporate and institutional commitment. It is important to tailor these measures to suit local needs, but they must also be consistent in key respects across national boundaries.
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