The changing Nature and Character of Research Universities : New Paradigms

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

The research university in its current form represents a remarkable and successful model where education and research and its application are brought together in synergistic ways that produce valuable new ideas, insights, products and services, as well as thought-leadership that informs policy and action (National Research Council of the National Academies, 2012). However, the world in which research universities have …

Can the IT Revolution lead to a rebirth of World-call European Universities

LW Challenges, Chapters and other contributions, Research & Innovation

We have reached a critical moment in time when the digital revolution — brought on by ubiquitous personal, mobile and affordable information devices — is challenging the historical missions of education and research; a challenge for our universities that constitutes a disruptive force and an opportunity for world-class European universities….This IT revolution has given rise to a new generation of …

Globalization, Universities and Sustainability Effects

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

More than ever, research universities live in an environment heavily impacted by the forces of  globalization. Their strategic thinking continues to be influenced by robust competition in critical areas such as funding, enrolment, recruitment and reputation, as well as by developments beyond their  national higher education systems.  

Research Intensive Universities in a Globalized World

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

As president of a German university and chairman of the League of European Research Universities (LERU), it is my special interest to discuss the role of research intensive universities and their impact on global sustainability from a European point of view. One may wonder why the perspectives of European universities should  

The Contribution of Research Universities in solving the ‘Grand Challenges’

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

Obviously, the world is changing rapidly, and not only for the better: Grand challenges for society are arising and demand solutions. Some challenges can be foreseen, some may occur without warning. When societal problems can be predicted, responsible governments have to address their solutions. Early research has to contribute to  

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.  

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.  

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