Higher Education, Research and Innovation: Changing Dynamics. Report on the UNESCO Forum on Higher Education, Research and Knowledge 2001-2009.

Meek, V. Lynn; Teichler, Ulrich; Kearney, Mary-Louise (2009): Higher Education, Research and Innovation: Changing Dynamics. Report on the UNESCO Forum on Higher Education, Research and Knowledge 2001-2009.

 

Kassel: International Centre for Higher Education Research 2009

This research report provides a synthesis of the main findings of the UNESCO Forum on Higher Education, Research and Knowledge from 2001 to 2009. The Forum was launched to follow-up the outcomes of the 1998 World Conference on Higher Education, “Higher Education in the twenty-first century” and the 1999 World Conference on Science, “Science for the twenty-first century”. It gathers researchers studying on systems for research and higher education, and facilitates access to front-line knowledge on higher education, research and innovation systems, with particular emphasis on low- and middle-income countries. Since 2001, the UNESCO Forum “has pursued its mandate to help understand, build and maintain knowledge systems in both global and local settings” (Kearney p. 21).
The report takes a meta-perspective; it aims to mirror the state of research and the range of public discourses on higher education, research and innovation systems. The studies gathered in this volume provide insights both for policy-makers and the higher education community alike, as they address the main challenges facing research systems in a globalized world.
The authors:

present a global overview over the dynamics of knowledge society and the role of HERI (Mary-Louise Kearney);

analyze the necessity for continuing “research on research” especially in low- and middle-income countries (Berit Olsson and Thandika Mkandawire);

show the major changes in the knowledge landscape moved by new governance and funding patterns, diversified missions and stakeholders’ activities (V. Lynn Meek and Dianne Davies);

analyze the impact of these transformations on academia: the status of the academics and researchers and the future of research careers (Ulrich Teichler and Yasemin Yağcı);

describe the practical challenges of building a knowledge base in middle-income and low-income countries (Johann Mouton and Roland Waast);

address the tensions between the international comparability of knowledge systems and their impact on policy relevance by taking a close look on science, technology and innovation indicators (Simon Ellis, Ernesto Fernandez-Polcuch and Rohan Pathirage);

suggest crucial elements for an ongoing agenda so that “research on research” may continue to advance at all levels of enquiry (Mala Singh).
The Research Report has been published by INCHER-Kassel in collaboration with the UNESCO Forum on Higher Education, Research and Knowledge. It will be presented in the framework of the 2009 World Conference on Higher Education held in Paris, France, from 5 to 8 July.

It is available as hard cover publication as well as through the internet: http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0018/001830/183071E.pdf or http://www.uni-kassel.de/incher/v_pub/UNESCO_RR_09.pdf

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