Values and Valuation for Sustainability

GK Chapters and other contributions, Missions & Responsibilities, Research & Innovation

Last year, I chaired the U.S. National Academies’ Committee that produced the report, “The Hidden Costs of Energy” (2010). Using the most advanced methodology and the best available data, the Committee estimated a lower bound of US$120 billion per year in non-climate damages to Americans from producing and using energy in America.  

Regional Engagement and Sustainability: University of Aveiro in Portugal

GK Chapters and other contributions, Governance and leadership, Missions & Responsibilities, Research & Innovation

In the framework of the demographic evolution foreseen up to 2050, major issues related to  sustainability include: food, natural resources (water in particular) and energy. These “grand societal challenges” affect all aspects of our lives and are not contained within geographical borders or specific scientific disciplines.  

Preparing the University and its Graduates for the Unpredictable and Unknowable

GK Chapters and other contributions, Human Resources, Missions & Responsibilities, Research & Innovation, Teaching & Learning

Universities are a key player in the “knowledge society”. But this increased influx of knowledge and the exponential rate of technical progress also generate anxiety and fear that could undermine the fundamental role of universities to elaborate and disseminate knowledge. Universities should not be locked into the sterile debate of  

University 2.0 the University as an economic and social Driver

GK Challenges, Chapters and other contributions, Research & Innovation

This paper intends to renew certain paradigms that tend to limit the vision and functions of universities and advance towards the University 2.0, a scheme focused on society and that brings about concrete changes. The University 2.0 works in two great aspects: economic development models and social  development models,  

Global Environmental Sustainability: An ‘All-Hands on Deck’ Research Imperative

GK Challenges, Chapters and other contributions, Research & Innovation

The two-way interaction of societal activity with environmental processes now defines clear and present  challenges to our well-being. Human activity is changing the climate system and the ecosystem services that support human life and livelihoods. The changes are occurring at an unprecedented and often  bewildering pace.  

Global Sustainability. Timescales, Magnitudes, Paradigms and Black Swans

GK Challenges, Chapters and other contributions, Missions & Responsibilities, Research & Innovation

We live in a time of great change, an increasingly global society, driven by the exponential growth of new knowledge and knitted together by rapidly evolving information and communication technologies. It is a time of challenge and contradiction, as an ever-increasing human population and invasive activities of humankind are now altering the fragile balance of our planet.  

Singapore: Successful in Research, Striving for Innovation

GK Chapters and other contributions, Governance and leadership, Research & Innovation

Across the World, governments subscribe to the thesis that investment in research is a worthwhile public good for a number of reasons. Such investments are generally predicated on the view that research will lead directly to innovation and, hence, to wealth and employment creation. This “linear” model is an over-simplification of a complex reality  

KAUST: An International, Independent, Graduate Research University

GK Chapters and other contributions, Governance and leadership, Research & Innovation, Teaching & Learning

Education, research and economic development are among the highest priorities established by King Abdullah for Saudi Arabia. An equally important overriding priority for him is the development of  women for greater participation in the workforce. According to UNESCO, women make up 58% of the total student population of Saudi Arabia, and yet only 16% of the Saudi workforce (excluding foreign …

Research and Innovation in Latin America

GK Chapters and other contributions, Research & Innovation

While Latin America has achieved relative economic stability and growth over the past decade (37.7% for 1998-2008), as the global financial struck the productive sectors of the economy through a drop in  demand from the industrialized countries, declining remittances from abroad and falling commodities prices, in 2008 it grew 4.3%. Latin America is a very diverse region. Some countries have …

Injecting Relevance to make Innovation more Impactful at Universities

GK Chapters and other contributions, Governance and leadership, Research & Innovation

After a short tenure in teaching at universities, I have pursued an entrepreneurial career since 1980.  Nine years ago, when I joined the MICorporation in Cambridge, Massachusetts, I got reconnected back  to the academic world. Together with other like-minded individuals at MIT, I have been experimenting with ways in which to make the innovation at MIT have a bigger  

Curiosity and the Transformative Impact of Fundamental Scientific Research

GK Chapters and other contributions, Research & Innovation

Starting with the rise of Silicon Valley in the 1960s and 70s, the different stakeholders associated with U.S. research universities have emphasized and nurtured the relationship between scientific research and technological innovation taking place at these universities and economic development. The  perceived importance of this relationship was reinforced by  

Transforming an Economy through Research and Innovation

GK Chapters and other contributions, Financial Resources, Governance and leadership, Research & Innovation

In the race to diversify their economies beyond oil and gas predominance, several Middle East Countries are moving to develop “knowledge-based” economies. Higher education, particularly in technical areas, and innovation are seen as key to making that transition. New higher education institutions are being built  

On Innovation Strategies: An Asian Perspective

GK Chapters and other contributions, Governance and leadership, Research & Innovation

Innovation has become the buzzword of the 21st century and even more so now after the current  economic meltdown, as nations around the world have the enormous task of rebuilding their economies. It is generally agreed that innovation refers to the process of converting an idea, invention or scientific  discovery into commercially or publicly successful products,  

New University Paradigms for Technological Innovation

GK Challenges, Chapters and other contributions, Research & Innovation

In today’s global, knowledge-driven economy, leadership in innovation is essential to a nation’s  prosperity and security. In particular, technological innovation — the transformation of new knowledge  into products, processes and services of value to society — is critical to economic competitiveness,  national security and an improved  

Innovation strategies of European Universities in the Triangle of Education, Research and Innovation

GK Challenges, Chapters and other contributions, Research & Innovation, Teaching & Learning

In Europe, the first university started in Bologna in 1088 as “universitas magistrorum et scholarium”, a community of teachers and students. Its legitimacy was derived from a humanistic program; its activities consisted in providing general and professional education. As an example of the mission of a medieval university,  

The Research University as Comprehensive Knowledge Enterprise

GK Chapters and other contributions, Missions & Responsibilities, Research & Innovation, Teaching & Learning

While the Glion Colloquia have brought university leaders together to exchange perspectives on an array of critical issues confronting higher education, perhaps none is more imperative to consider than the role of the research university in an innovation-driven society. Research universities are the primary source of the new knowledge and innovation that drives the global economy