Simon N Young Universities And Industry

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In his essay "Universities, governments and industry: Can the essential nature of universities survive the drive to commercialize?" Simon N. Young seeks to explain the current state of universities and the disturbing changes he has witnessed over the past half-century. He claims that the essence of a university is a community in the pursuit of higher knowledge. What takes place in this pursuit ought to be the enrichment of society rather than the augmentation of one's human capital. Although the influence of market demands on universities is disturbingly high today, this is not the first time that academia has faced this sort of exogenous pressure. For instance, prior to our secular era, the catholic church exerted a massive amount of influence

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