The Impact of Higher Education on Development

Authored by: Tristan McCowan , Rebecca Schendel

Routledge Handbook of International Education and Development

Print publication date:  August  2015
Online publication date:  July  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415747547
eBook ISBN: 9781315797007
Adobe ISBN: 9781317752240

10.4324/9781315797007.ch21

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Abstract

Describing the university as an ‘ivory tower’ has become something of a cliché. The idea that the university is, or is in danger of becoming, isolated from the world, endlessly gazing at its own intellectual navel and disregarding the wishes and needs of the broader society, provides a constant backdrop to contemporary policy discussions of higher education. Historically, it is for the most part true that the ‘membrane’ of the university was fairly impermeable in both directions: the knowledge generated and transmitted within the university drew little on the outside world and concerned itself little with applying itself to the outside world’s problems.

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