The study focuses on stakeholders’ perception about the university role in pro-moting a regional development along a sustainable path. The opinions of the University of Molise (IT) teaching staff together with external stakeholders were jointly investigated. Both believed that the University should strengthen its role, but their opinions differed about which activities should to be prioritised - education for external stakeholders, research for teachers -. The importance of the third mission did not emerge. The University role for enhancing the environmental dimension of sustainability was perceived better than that for the social dimension. The diverging views of stakeholders highlight the need for a more systematic and integrated involvement of all relevant actors before starting a formal process toward sustainability.
Keywords: University role, Sustainable development, Stakeholders’ opinions, Italian university, Faculty members, External stakeholders