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Transnational Institutions of Higher Education and Their Contribution to the National Innovation System: The Case of the German University of Technology in Oman

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Abstract

Participation in transnational-university founding, as discussed for the case of the Sultanate of Oman, is a relatively recent national policy-making strategy to encourage ‘permanent innovation’ through an institutional mechanism. In their efforts, institutional entrepreneurs benefit from the spread of global models for higher education and revised conceptions of the national innovation system. A transnational space for higher education, such as Oman’s newly built private sector of universities and colleges, allows actors from many countries to further their own respective goal of global competitiveness. Being anchored in the national innovation policy for country development, the university projects’ potential success factor is derived from a number of national, transnational, and regional conditions for emergence. This chapter argues that globalization scholars focus narrowly on the transnational phenomenon, neglecting the analysis of opportunities for national actors. The chapter analyzes the win-win strategy for the case of the German University of Technology in Oman and other sector members of the transnational field—a field in which the German-partnered university, providing a specific model for advanced technical education and research emulated under very different country conditions, must compete. It reflects on the ways the state is embedded in trans-border processes, offering ideas for more research on the worldwide circulation of institutional models and their engagement by national states and elites.

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Acknowledgements

The author acknowledges a travel stipend issued by the University of Speyer’s DAAD-PROMOS fund and family-side financial support by Prof. Dr. Jörg Vogel (Würzburg) for life in the field. The author is thankful for insights shared by Prof. Dr. Michael Jansen (founding member of GUtech) and Prof. Dr. Michael Modigell (current Rector of GUtech), as well as several members of the Al-Salmi family, the owners and co-directors of GUtech.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Humboldt UniversityBerlinGermany

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