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: 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. Sustainable development is a process that links many more disciplines...

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