The university in development : case studies of use-oriented research
- Cooper, David.
- Cape Town : HSRC Press, 2011.
- Physical description
- x, 390 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
LA1536 .C667 2011
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- Includes bibliographical references (p. 368-378) and index.
- A global second academic transformation: in symbiosis with a third industrial revolution. Case studies at the universities of the Western Cape: investigation of eleven research groupings. Drawing together the threads from the eleven case studies.
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- Publisher's Summary
- A seminal study, The University in Development explores how the university is indeed 'in development': pursuing a new 'third' mission of external societal development (alongside its two existing missions of teaching and research), and experiencing a major internal revolution as this impacts on its structural organisation. Already prevalent in many institutions internationally, this third academic mission has begun to pose troubling challenges to existing academic research cultures and systems in South Africa. Emerging from an extended longitudinal study, The University in Development provides a powerful analysis of the complex nexus of transformation occurring between universities and the rapidly changing global society of which they form a part. Embedded within the book is a central theoretical claim: that driving this new international transformation within universities is a global post-1970s new capitalist industrial revolution, with economies seeking out use-inspired basic research at universities in order to survive and grow within the competitive international market. The analysis thus provides new understandings of current concepts of 'globalisation', 'use-oriented' research, 'knowledge society and economy', and 'national system of innovation'. The book is structured in three parts. While the first considers case studies of this academic transformation globally, the second part homes in on new research centres at Western Cape universities to examine the combination of creativity and disruption arising as this third academic mission evolves in South Africa. Part 3 argues that new visions, concepts and policies of research are needed, if our universities are to unlock their 'knowledges' for societal development, with greater social justice not only for industry but also for civil society.
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- Publication date
- David Cooper.