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Bruce Currie-Alder, Ravi Kanbur, David M. Malone, and Rohinton Medhora

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199671656

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199671656.001.0001

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Universities and Higher Education in Development

Universities and Higher Education in Development

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(p.582) Chapter 34 Universities and Higher Education in Development
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International Development
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Rodrigo Arocena

Bo Göransson

Judith Sutz

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199671656.003.0035

This chapter traces the origin of the modern university and its role in economic growth and development. From institutions primarily concerned with reproducing existing knowledge, universities have evolved into a crucial element in the advancement of the knowledge society by providing education, research, and third mission activities. With the recognition of the endogenous nature of technological progress in mainstream development theory, the importance of universities and indigenous capacity building has significantly impacted the development strategies of international organizations and the donor community. To realize their full developmental potential, universities need to transcend the narrow confines of being market-driven knowledge producers and evolve toward developmental universities aiming at putting their knowledge at the service of social goals at large.

Keywords:   universities, higher education, third mission, extension, developmental universities, knowledge economy

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