In the framework of the Preparation and desk research (WP1), the UniGov project (Improving Governance Practices and Palestinian Higher Education Institutions) has developed a diagnostic tool to be used in the development stages in order to provide a clear understanding of the current practices of university governance in the partner countries’ consortium members. The tool has been developed by the DISAG Department of the University of Siena who is the leader of this work package. The DISAG team presented the tool during the project meeting held in Siena.
The UniGov tool is based on three different steps:
1. Identification of which aspects are perceived as more important and should be addressed first. Using the AHP methodology, a weight system is created and included in TOOL; these results enable realisation of a first training need assessment.
2. Self-evaluation carried out by each partner of its own governance arrangements; this step is based on development of a matrix where the horizontal axis shows the strategic activities of each HEI (TEACHING, RESEARCH and the so-called THIRD MISSION) while the vertical axis shows the different dimensions (AUTONOMY, ACCOUNTABILITY, MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES and PARTICIPATION) and subdimensions characterising the issue of governance. Each subdimension is broken down into several indicators to be investigated by each HEI.
3. PARTICIPATION dimension, which enables identification of relevant stakeholders in relation to each specific dimension and activity, resulting in a stakeholder’s map.
For more information see the tool in the attached file.
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