“Everyone Wants to be Like Harvard – Or Do They? Cherishing All Mission”

See on Scoop.itDual impact of research; towards the impactelligent university

“The “world-class” research university, modelled after the characteristics of the top
100 globally-ranked universities, has become the panacea for ensuring success in the global economy. As a result, governments around the world have embarked on significant restructuring of their higher education and research systems; many
HEIs have also revised strategies and policies to fit the image promulgated by rankings.
These developments expose a major and growing tension at the heart of higher education policy. The cost of pursuing the “world-class” model are straining national budgets just as the demands on and requirements for universal higher education are
rising. At the same time, the emphasis on research, which is given disproportionate weight
in most global rankings, is forging a wedge between HEIs, according to whether they excel in research or teaching. By preferring to concentrate resources in a few universities, governments are choosing to emphasize vertical and reputational differentiation
between institutions, which is translated in policy terms into greater hierarchical differentiation between research (elite) universities and teaching (mass) HEIs. In so doing, diversity is portrayed as a one-dimensional concept with two rival characteristics: teaching and research. The policy tension arises because the pressures of and responses to globalisation and rankings are emphasizing elite forms of higher education, while the demands and needs of society and the economy are urging horizontal differentiation with wider participation and diversified opportunities.”

 

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Everyone Wants to be Like Harvard – Or Do They? Cherishing All Missions Equally

Ellen Hazelkorn, Dublin Institute of Technology

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About Wilfred Mijnhardt
RMIMR is my virtual playground, a place to reflect on issues from my professional context, my job as Policy Director at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM). RSM is the international university based business school at Erasmus University Rotterdam. More info here: www.rsm.nl Here is my list of relevant publications on the topic of my RMIMR weblog: http://www.mendeley.com/collections/694621/RMIMR-Repository/ The rss feed for my RMIMR collection is here: http://www.mendeley.com/collections/rss/694621/ Here is my other weblog on impact of research: http://www.scoop.it/t/dualimpact

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