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TU Dortmund University – sfs in Chile: Social Innovation and the role of universities

Social innovation, its systematic research and other possibilities for higher education institutions to work on innovative solutions – these were the main topics during Dmitri Domanski’s visit to Chile. The researcher from Dortmund gave lectures and spoke with leading representatives of the Catholic University of Concepción about the importance of social innovation for higher education institutions.


More and more universities worldwide are discovering the topic of social innovation. But how can they deal concretely with social innovations in teaching, in research and in terms of the so-called third mission? And what role do they play in regional social innovation ecosystems? Dmitri Domanski, researcher at TU Dortmund University – sfs, referred to these and other questions during his lecture at the Catholic University of Concepción (Universidad Católica de la Santísima Concepción) in Chile. Personally received by the rector of the University, Prof. Christian Schmitz Vaccaro, he spoke with executives, lecturers and students about the possibilities for their university to further develop the area social innovation.

In recent years, the Catholic University of Concepción has already developed some promising initiatives in this area. The University is committed to innovative projects, particularly in terms of university social responsibility. Social innovation also plays an important role in teaching. Now these two missions shall be interlinked with new research activities with regard to social innovation. In this context, Dmitri Domanski presented some of the central research projects at TU Dortmund University – sfs, especially the global project SI-DRIVE - Social Innovation: Driving Force of Social Change.