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.  

INTRODUCTION: Respice, Prospice Higher Education A Decennial Review

GK Challenges, Chapters and other contributions, Financial Resources, Governance and leadership, Missions & Responsibilities

If “[a] week”, as the late British Prime Minister Harold Wilson once pointedly remarked, “is a long time in politics”, so also, a decade is a long time in higher education. It represents the graduation of two or three generations of students. It reflects the subtle influence of changing scholarly and research priorities and, for all the treasured independence of …

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,  

Universities and the Innovative Spirit

GK Challenges, Chapters and other contributions, Preface and Conclusion

As we approach the end of the first decade of the new millennium, it is useful to review the road that our  global community has travelled. The dawn of the new millennium was a time not only of celebration, but also of optimism and hope. Contemplating the remarkable transformation of the past millennium, and  especially the extraordinary achievements  

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

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

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  

The German Excellence Initiative: Changes, Challenges and Chances

GK Challenges, Chapters and other contributions, Governance and leadership, Missions & Responsibilities

For more than 200 years, the German university system has followed the ideas of Wilhelm von  Humboldt — the unity of research and teaching, the freedom of teaching being the most important of Humboldt’s principles. These ideas have been followed until today, even though the external conditions that universities have to cope with have changed dramatically. On the one hand, …

Doing Good by Doing Little: University Responsibility in a Violent Setting

GK Challenges, Chapters and other contributions, Governance and leadership

Lebanon’s very name evokes images of civil strife and destruction, of a society almost hopelessly divided  and open to exploitation by state and non state actors well beyond its borders. It is estimated that as  many as 100,000 (out of a population of ca. 3.5 million) Lebanese lost their lives in the years of civil war, 1976-1990,  

The Challenge to European Universities in the Emerging Global Marketplace

GK Challenges, Chapters and other contributions, Financial Resources, Missions & Responsibilities

Although the topic for this paper implies a focus on Europe, the issues I want to address are by no means  limited to that continent. Without wishing to minimize the significance of national differences  and continental contexts, it is possible to discern a set of generic issues facing higher education systems  around the world which bear a distinct similarity. My …

Developed Universities and the Developing World: Opportunities and Obligations

GK Challenges, Chapters and other contributions, Financial Resources, Governance and leadership, Missions & Responsibilities

Among the scores of books written during the past decade about globalization — so many, in fact, that  some by different authors bear the same title 1 — none has captured as many readers as Thomas L.  Freidman’s The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century (2005). It has sold several million copies  

Globalization of Research Universities in Korea

GK Challenges, Chapters and other contributions, Governance and leadership, Missions & Responsibilities

An important consequence of economic globalization is expected to be that only a few leading  universities will dominate the world of higher education, just as a few companies are dominating different industrial sectors worldwide. Globalization has thus become a major goal for most research  universities in Korea. It is driven by a number of other factors as well,  

Reinvigorating Universities in an Entrepreneurial Age

GK Challenges, Chapters and other contributions, Missions & Responsibilities

The global economy stands at a moment of extraordinary potential. The last three decades have  produced steep gains in worldwide economic growth, led by a surge of innovative, entrepreneurial  activity rooted in advanced science and technology. Nations around the world have an opportunity to  capitalize on efficiencies and optimize  

The Responsibilities of Universities to Promote a Sustainable Society

GK Challenges, Chapters and other contributions, Missions & Responsibilities

We are living in a period of deep and rapid changes which are offering great hopes for peace and  prosperity, but which are also the source of important challenges and even threats. The direction of change will depend on the capacity of governments, governmental and international non-governmental organizations, business and churches, as well as