Edited by Jean L. Pyle and Robert Forrant
Chapter: Final Thoughts: Portable Intellectual Currents and Sustainable Human Development
1. Final thoughts: portable intellectual currents and sustainable human development Robert Forrant and Jean L. Pyle In this volume we have examined the roles the university as an institution can play in promoting sustainable human development, particularly in the context of globalization. Authors from several countries have oﬀered their perspectives in Part I on how universities could be a force for positive change. The chapters in Part II describe how universities have actually begun to concretely address the importance of collaborations within the academy and between the academy and its geographic locale. Important public policy implications of the university’s role in the globalizing economy have been raised. In particular, we are concerned with how universities in developing countries resolve the tensions caused by structural adjustment policies, diﬃcult socioeconomic problems, depleted budgets and the need to ‘rely on so-called market mechanisms’ for signiﬁcant resources. At the same time we describe a disturbing trend that ﬁnds universities in industrialized countries shaping their research to ‘follow the money trail’ and operate like for-proﬁt businesses. The ‘marketization’ of higher education poses weighty challenges to the university’s ability to provide broad education, conduct basic and applied research and augment the quality of intellectual, economic and social life for the communities and nations where they are located. At the outset of the book we stated that sustainable development meant more than its often cited classical deﬁnition of meeting present needs without compromising the capability for future generations to meet their requirements....
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