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SOCIAL INNOVATION AT THE UNIVERSITY
OF GOTHENBURG
PAM FREDMAN, VICE-CHANCELLOR UNIVERSITY OF GOTHENBURG,
MAY X, 2015
Why social innovation?
• Global societal challenges are increasing
• Old problems need new solutions
• The university is a...
We have the right prerequisites in place
• Large and broad - tackles society’s challenges with diverse
knowledge
• Strong ...
Basis for finding social innovation models
Demands projects that are:
• Research and knowledge intensive
• Adress a societ...
GPCC - a success story
• University of Gothenburg Centre for Person-centred Care
(GPCC) – a pilot project
• Interdisciplin...
There are some challenges
• To understand societal challenges and what they demand to be
solved
• To increase investments ...
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  1. 1. SOCIAL INNOVATION AT THE UNIVERSITY OF GOTHENBURG PAM FREDMAN, VICE-CHANCELLOR UNIVERSITY OF GOTHENBURG, MAY X, 2015
  2. 2. Why social innovation? • Global societal challenges are increasing • Old problems need new solutions • The university is a natural partner in developing knowledge and innovation
  3. 3. We have the right prerequisites in place • Large and broad - tackles society’s challenges with diverse knowledge • Strong research and education that are linked together • Sustainable development in focus • Activities based on a clear responsibility for the development of society and a global engagement • A long tradition of cooperating with various stakeholders • A joint research and innovation office give practical support • Master’s course ”Social Innovation and entrepreneurship”
  4. 4. Basis for finding social innovation models Demands projects that are: • Research and knowledge intensive • Adress a societal problem • Can be packaged for or developed with external stakeholder • Sustainable overtime • Not otherwise suitable as traditional commercial offering
  5. 5. GPCC - a success story • University of Gothenburg Centre for Person-centred Care (GPCC) – a pilot project • Interdisciplinary research centre owned by our holding company • Profits are reinvested in the operations or in future research • Resulted in improved quality for patients and reduced costs • A professionally packaged offer of benefit for health care organizations
  6. 6. There are some challenges • To understand societal challenges and what they demand to be solved • To increase investments in arts and humanities, social sciences and law • To find new forms of interactions between academia and stakeholders

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