Dec 7, 2021

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Organized by the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization (ISACCL)

Traditionally, universities, from the theological to the humboldian and the modern one, developed two actions: teaching and research. The industrial growth of the last centuries gave way to a new concern: services offered on demand which have now become “the third mission” of the universities. Universities are increasingly expected to provide contributions to regional innovation and economic development processes. A large number of specialized periodicals, books and articles debate on the subject, both in its general and applied sense. The European strategic plans for development and societal cohesion highly consider the role that universities play in achieving these goals. The aspects subjected to debate in this panel are the following: 1. Are all universities prepared to respond to the “third mission”? 2. Does the “third mission” sustain the universities’ development? 3. Examples of cases of successful implication of universities in the sustainable development of the regions.


  • Dan GRIGORESCU, ISACCL Scientific Director
  • Oana-Elena BRÂNDA, ISACCL Expert; AFWAAS


  • Emil CONSTANTINESCU, President of the Scientific Council of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization (ISACCL), WAAS Trustee, former President of Romania (1996-2000)
  • Erich HOEDL, Former Rector of the Wuppertal University and The Graz University of Technology, WAAS Trustee
  • Christine VOLKMANN, UNESCO Chair for Entrepreneurship and Intercultural Management at the Schumpeter School of Business and Economics, University of Wuppertal
  • Mihai GÎRȚU, Vice-Rector of the „Ovidius” University of Constanța
  • Eden MAMUT, Secretary General of the Black Sea Universities Network
  • Ileana GAVRILESCU, Bergische University of Wuppertal