Balancing the Needs and Expectations of Society with the Autonomy of Higher Education Institutions
 
 

Balancing the Needs and Expectations of Society with the Autonomy of Higher Education Institutions


Year: 2008
Authors: Purcell W
Publisher: OECD
Link: http://www.oecd.org/site/eduimhe08/41203703.pdf
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Traditionally, universities are seen as places of learning and research. For many years these
autonomous institutions could be perceived as ‘ivory towers’, slightly removed from the
responsibilities of society, with researchers and lecturers working towards the greater good and the pursuit of knowledge and learning for the sake of knowing. Over the last few years, many studies in the UK have acknowledged that higher education institutions are worth far more to their regions and nationally contribute almost £45 billion to the economy, providing direct employment for over 600,000 people. So, in this modern age, what are society’s needs and expectations of higher education needs? How are universities shifting to address them? How can we balance society’s needs with the autonomy of higher education institutions? When making such a large contribution to the regional and national economy how can we deliver to our stakeholder communities? Professor Purcell addresses these questions, using her role as Vice-Chancellor at the University of Plymouth to provide a regional context and providing key examples from her institution that is carving out its niche as the enterprise university.
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