Creating Knowledge, Strengthening Nations: The Changing Role of Higher Education

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Globalization's effects on universities have been little examined. "Creating Knowledge, Strengthening Nations" seeks to improve understanding by deepening the analysis of how universities contribute to economic growth and entrepreneurialism while also contributing to strategic societal goals of equity and redistributive justice. Editors Glen A. Jones, Patricia L. McCarney, and Michael L. Skolnik have brought together a diverse group of contributors to describe how internal and external forces arising from ...
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Overview

Globalization's effects on universities have been little examined. "Creating Knowledge, Strengthening Nations" seeks to improve understanding by deepening the analysis of how universities contribute to economic growth and entrepreneurialism while also contributing to strategic societal goals of equity and redistributive justice. Editors Glen A. Jones, Patricia L. McCarney, and Michael L. Skolnik have brought together a diverse group of contributors to describe how internal and external forces arising from globalization are exerting pressure to change the role of higher education in society and how universities are dealing with these pressures.

The essays pay particular attention to tensions associated with attempts to balance the economic with the non-economic objectives of higher education, and between those who celebrate the 'entrepreneurial university' versus those who lament the new alignment between the university and the business community as undermining the civic responsibility of the university and its freedom of speech and critical inquiry. "Creating Knowledge, Strengthening Nations" is a crucial addition to the debate on the future of higher education.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780802038562
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
  • Publication date: 5/28/2005
  • Pages: 290
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.36 (h) x 1.22 (d)

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Glen A. Jones is a professor in the Department of Theory and Policy Studies in Education and an associate dean at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto.

Patricia L. McCarney is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science and the Munk Centre for International Studies and is Associate Vice President, International Research and Development, at the University of Toronto.

Michael L. Skolnik is a professor in the Department of Theory and Policy Studies in Education and the William G. Davis Chair in Community College Leadership at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction 3
Sect. 1 New pressures, new roles : the changing context for higher education
1 Raising the pressure : globalization and the need for higher education reform 21
2 The opportunities and threats of globalization 42
3 Universities in the new global economy : actors or spectators? 56
4 Universities, women, and the dialogue among civilizations 67
5 The future of higher education in the knowledge-driven, global economy of the twenty-first century 81
Sect. 2 Strengthening nations, regions, and cities : higher education and society
6 Democratizing knowledge : higher education and good governance 101
7 Reflections on the difficulty of balancing the university's economic and non-economic objectives in periods when its economic role is highly valued 106
8 The contribution of higher education to reconstructing South African society : opportunities, challenges, and cautionary tales 127
9 The role of technical education in enabling the creation of a knowledge economy and society : the Indian experience 155
10 The role of universities in regional development and cluster formation 167
11 Campus and community : partnerships for research, policy, and action 195
12 Global cities, local knowledge creation : mapping a new policy terrain on the relationship between universities and cities 205
Sect. 3 Creating knowledge : new challenges and roles
13 Creating knowledge, strengthening nations : the role of research and education in humanities and social sciences in government agendas for innovation 227
14 Harnessing genomics for global health : the role of higher education 246
15 Contribution of higher education to research and innovation : balancing the 'social contract' of universities with their drive for scholarly excellence 265
16 The academic-commercial interface in a knowledge-driven economy : a view from MaRS 273
17 Innovation U : new practices, enabling cultures 283
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