By Jo Ritzen

<P style="LINE-HEIGHT: basic; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt" class=MsoNormal>Though Europe’s universities are rather well represented one of the world’s most sensible 2 hundred universities, they're virtually solely absent from the head fifty. during this impassioned publication, Jo Ritzen argues that eu universities are economically, culturally, and socially underexploited, and he outlines a sequence of alterations essential to make those associations extra profitable. He advocates reorganizing universities to desire innovation over forms, securing financing from deepest resources to fulfill the gaps left through public finances cuts, and matching and choosing scholars with a watch towards successfully teaching for a global hard work marketplace. With such reinvention, universities could turn into instrumental to strengthening the eu aggressive place via monetary innovation, elevated social solidarity, and a extra brilliant cultural dynamism.

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It is often unclear to universities what is expected of them in terms of valorisation or innovation. Suppose valorisation goes to the detriment of publications in top journals like Nature or Science (as the time of top researchers can only be spent once), how is the trade-off regarded by society or its representatives in university governance? g. in the form of patents) on par with publications in their internal resource allocation models. At the same time, across Europe, research universities are often criticized for being quite inadequate in their direct contribution (as distinct from the indirect one by means of the trained manpower) to innovation, in particular to small and medium scale industries – for which obviously they are neither equipped nor financed.

Generally, governments put more and more emphasis on tertiary education because it is recognised as benefitting the social and economic development. Of course, the countries differ with respect to their tertiary education policy but some common trends can be identified. In all countries, the higher education sector has grown and now includes different types of students. Increasingly, more females and also more mature people attend tertiary education institutions, and the student population is more mixed “in terms of socio-economic background, ethnicity and previous education” (OECD, 2008, p.

Clearly, in this range of ranks, Europe does far better than the US in both rankings. In the THES, some universities in Asia and Oceania also outperform the US universities. For the top 101-200 ranks, a similar picture emerges with Switzerland on top, followed (in Europe) by the Netherlands and Belgium for the THES ranking, while in the Jiao Tong rankings the Netherlands, Switzerland and Belgium lead the pack in Europe. Of course, the Jiao Tong ranking shows a slightly different picture than the THES ranking.

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