TO-INN studies the services provided to society by HE institutions offering teacher education. It endeavours to examine these services in depth and prepares proposals to improve the curricular and social pertinence of education programmes and orient the professional development of teaching staff towards innovation. Our premise is that it is impossible to improve either of these aspects if they are not part of an institutional project that integrates them and incorporates the academic and social dimensions concurrently.
The institutional policies adopted by universities—above all, the specific actions chosen to implement these policies—become the same elements that either facilitate or hinder intended improvements. Neither the improvements in curricular proposals nor the improvements in teaching performance can be truly effective if, at the same time, there is no organizational development to make them possible.
For all these reasons, TO-INN believes it is essential to study the different ways in which HE institutions manage their various fields of activity, which basically means the way in which they understand the concept of governance.
For the purposes of our project and in line with the analyses that can be found in the section Resources, we understand governance as the group of university managing processes that includes institutional government matters and decisions regarding the institution’s organizational structure and operation in relation to teaching, research, knowledge transfer and social responsibility.
In conclusion, and strictly adhering to the aims of our project, TO-INN proposes that good governance is oriented by democratic values, in particular freedom, progress, respect, equity and social justice, and that it obtains efficient and satisfactory results in relation to the context in which it finds itself and the resources that are available.