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Diana Velasco, Alejandra Boni, Salim Chalela


This chapter presents two experiences of university policy design following experimental processes in the vein of transformative innovation principles. They have been developed at the Universidad Autónoma Latinoamericana in Antioquia and the Universidad de Ibagué in Tolima, both in Colombia. The two experiments have a specific directionality aligned with social and environmental purposes. They have been developed following inclusive and participatory processes that have considered voices that are usually excluded in formulating university policies. These processes have been inspired by human development, learning approaches and reflexivity among the participants, whose aim was to mobilise different types of knowledge: experiential, expert and non-expert, theoretical and practical. The history of both institutions and the participants’ aspirations and needs are contextual and highly relevant. The two vice-chancellors’ political support was fundamental to provide legitimacy to the process and to create the necessary protected space to carry out the two experiments. The systemic scope of both initiatives remains to be seen. However, the cases demonstrate different university policy design and governance approaches that can be replicated in other contexts and institutions. The experimentation these two policies propose and carry out enables openings in the socio-technical regime that defines the most hegemonic University.

Year of publication 2021