New Graduate School programme on “Governance of Knowledge and Innovation” (GKI)

The Governance of Knowledge and Innovation (GKI) Graduate Program is constructed as a unique combination of interrelated knowledge areas represented by STəPS and CHEPS. With effect from 1 February 2010, Dean of the Twente Graduate School at the University of Twente, Prof Gerard van der Steenhoven, has admitted the GKI Graduate Programme to be part of the Twente Graduate School.

The leading professor of the GKI programme is Stefan Kuhlmann ( The core researchers of the programme belong to the international top in the field of science, technology, innovation and research (STIR) governance studies: Prof Jürgen Enders, Prof Rob Hoppe, Prof Nelly Oudshoorn, and Prof Lissa Roberts. Teaching staff at STəPS and CHEPS is very international by origin and research orientation; in addition, highly qualified international individuals from research and practice will be constantly invited to give guest lectures and colloquia with the program, both on issue and methodology subjects. Teachers and students come from many countries, and the program is taught fully in English.

The GKI Graduate Program draws largely on the MSc Public Administration (PA), but also on the MSc Philosophy of Science Technology and Society (PSTS, here the STəPS elements) and to some extent on courses from the master programs Business Administration (BA), European Studies (ES), Health Science (HS), Social Systems Evaluation and Survey Research (SSESR). At the same time the GKI Graduate Program is rooted in the (highly scoring) dedicated research programs of STəPS and CHEPS.

The Department of Science, Technology, and Policy Studies (STəPS) is a multi-disciplinary research unit, located in the School of Management and Governance. STəPS takes the assessment and governance of innovations and emerging technologies as its central theme of teaching and research. STəPS considers in particular strategic issues that are multidisciplinary: they involve developments in science, technology, politics and society, as well as interaction between them. Studies conducted within STəPS link analytical and normative perspectives, and consider not only technological innovations but also innovations in governance. The group combines input from a number of social sciences, history and other humanities. Currently, the staff of the STəPS group covers the disciplines of sociology, history, political science, policy studies, and science and technology studies, with expertise in substantive areas of science, technology and innovation.

The Center for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS) is an interdisciplinary research-institute located at the School of Management and Governance of the Universiteit Twente, the Netherlands. Since 1984, CHEPS has undertaken and published a considerable amount of research on higher education especially at system and institutional levels. CHEPS seeks to increase our understanding of institutional, national and international issues that bear upon Higher Education. (See also )

Interested students can contact the GKI programme manager Dr Peter Stegmaier ( for further information.

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