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  • Article
  • Open Access

University Extension. Problem Identification and Guidance for Managing the Area

International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education20107:7020085

  • Received: 15 March 2010
  • Accepted: 15 June 2010
  • Published:


This article focuses on the topic of university extension. It draws on a combination of academic experiences (graduate projects, publications, conference papers, course delivery, research and experience in managing the area). Given the brevity of the article, its aim is to provide guidance on identifying the problems and potential courses of action associated with university extension, an area that comes up against a number of obstacles despite being very present in higher education discourse. Among these are limited training offerings, which mean that university extension is learnt through practice, a rather pragmatic approach that has a weak methodological and epistemological basis. These elements hinder the development of projects for running the area.


  • third function of higher education
  • university extension
  • running and managing the area