From concept to reality in implementing the Knowledge Triangle

Ellen Sjoer*, Bente Nørgaard, Marc Goossens

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The concept of Knowledge Triangle (KT) links together research, education and innovation and replaces the traditional ‘one way’ flow of knowledge, essentially from research to education, by a ‘both ways’ circular motion between all the corners of a triangle that, besides research and education, also includes innovation, the ‘poor relation’ of many universities. What are the main issues – barriers and drivers – and what could be done in order to make the concept of KT a strong reality in engineering education? In this paper, the authors intend to bring some answers by analysing three cases coming from actors operating at the three corners of the KT: students, academic staff and engineers in industry.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)353-368
Number of pages16
JournalEuropean Journal of Engineering Education (online)
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • cognitive process
  • engineering education
  • innovation
  • Knowledge Triangle
  • PhD in industry
  • role of university


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