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‘World-class universities’ – The accountability gap – University World News (Paul Benneworth | October 2017)

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‘World-class universities’ – The accountability gap – University World News (Paul Benneworth | October 2017)

 


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It is interesting to see the ‘world-class university’ wrestling with some of the tensions that exist when they try to justify themselves on anything more than their own excellence. The original model proposed by Jamil Salmi a decade ago was valued for its ability to bring prestige to the host country through its research excellence and talent attraction rather than being valued for its wider public benefits.

An article about how rarely the socially marginalised can influence universities' research agendas, especially in the face of corporate and government interests. We slotted this into the human research ethics category but such matters really better fits at a level above the bureaucratic domains assigned to human research ethics, research integrity, biosafety, etc.

Last week, Lin Tian, Yan Wu and Niancai Liu reflected in University World News on the potential that ‘world-class universities’ or WCUs offer to drive societal development beyond merely creating human capital. In their article, “A shift to the global common good in higher education”, they argue that world-class universities make valuable contributions to the public common good, mobilising collective, shared endeavours that benefit all participants.
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