Globalization, Universities and Issues of Sustainable Human Development
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Globalization, Universities and Issues of Sustainable Human Development

Edited by Jean L. Pyle and Robert Forrant

This volume raises an important question: Given the fast-changing global economy and the challenges it presents, what is the role for the university as an institution promoting sustainable human development? The editors begin by outlining the changes associated with the recent wave of globalization, particularly transformations in the relative power of institutions internationally. They analyze the constraints universities face in industrialized and developing countries in promoting sustainable human development.
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Chapter 1: Globalization, Universities and Sustainable Human Development: A Framework for Understanding the Issues

Jean L. Pyle and Robert Forrant


Jean L. Pyle and Robert Forrant I. INTRODUCTION In this first chapter, we present a framework for understanding the issues of globalization, universities and sustainable human development. In surveying a variety of literatures, it became clear to us that the role the university can play internationally in promoting sustainable human development in the context of the changes associated with globalization has only begun to be explored. For us, sustainable development implies more than the traditional definition of meeting present needs without compromising the capability of future generations to meet their requirements – which is typically used in an environmental context. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has broadened this to: ‘sustainable development means integrating the economic, social and environmental objectives of society, in order to maximize human well-being in the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs’ (OECD, 2001). Our sensibility is that we need a more encompassing definition of sustainable development. It would include programs and policies that promote a more equitable distribution of new jobs and income while boosting a region’s capacity to innovate. It would foster economic stability and increase the economic and political empowerment of the citizenry. It includes more equal roles for women and minorities, improved health and raised levels of educational attainment, access to better housing, a more effective public transportation system, safer workplaces, greater energy and materials efficiency, and decreased toxics usage among producers (Forrant et al., 2001). We begin by outlining the...

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