The Next decade, a Challenge for Technological and Societal Innovations

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

About 25 years ago, the world entered a period that we can call — although it is not brutal or quasi-instantaneous, but progressive — a revolution, which is rooted in political and economic, as well as scientific and technological forces. This revolution has brought increasing prosperity to the developed  world  

BILDUNG and Innovation — a Contradictio in Adjecto for Today’s University Education

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I do think that the terms Bildung and innovation can be contradictory, at least they express the inner  conflict felt by a person, who is responsible for change in an institution — the university — and therefore  for innovation and, at the same time, knows how frequently and in what manner this task has been  deliberated in the history of …

The Challenge of Establishing World-Class Research Universities in Developing Countries

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Preoccupations about university rankings reflect the general recognition that economic growth and global competitiveness are increasingly driven by knowledge and that universities play a key role in that  context. Indeed, rapid advances in science and technology across a wide range of areas — from  information and communication technologies  

Japanese University Reform

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In order to understand the radical changes that Japanese universities have been undergoing in recent years, the observer has to keep in mind three essential facts: the demographic factor as an engine behind the changes, the ongoing political drive to a reorganization of the university management structure and the need to improve and facilitate the link between university and industry. …

Science and Technology in Brazil

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Scientists in Brazil published 16,950 scientific articles in indexed journals in 2005. The country is the  17th-largest producer of science in the world. Nine out of ten of these articles were generated in public  university laboratories. Scientists and engineers in business sector R&D activities created several cases  of world-class competitive innovation. These include oil self-sufficiency, the most efficient ethanol in …

Global Success: Real World Research ‘Meets’ Global Practitioners

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In this chapter we will first discuss the intensified global competition that seems to be evident between  academic institutions. We will then point out two dimensions that might enhance stronger academic  value creation in this emerging context. The first is more emphasis on realistic research — “real world”  relevance in research. The second is bringing a balanced cross-section of leading …

Partnering on a Global Scale

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The past decade has brought tumultuous change to industry, effectively rewriting the assumptions and  rules of how global business is conducted and of where to locate one’s operations and why. The  advancement of information and communications technology, the ready access to a global delivery infrastructure, the pervasiveness of worldwide supply chains,  

Has our Reach exceeded our Grasp

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My purpose in this essay is to draw a distinction between being “global” and being “international”. I  would like to begin, however, from a more personal perspective. For more than 40 years now I have  spent a substantial portion of each year outside my own country. Like many academics, I have in my  study a world map full of black …

Universities as Content Providers

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The main mission of the University was and still is Education. Naturally, Universities are also involved in many other activities like Research, Innovation, Incubation of small companies, services, etc. Education is, however, the main goal. To achieve this goal, Universities daily produce and disseminate content  using different instruments.