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We fear that future economic and political `selection forces' upon universities will further push academic roles
 

Summary: We fear that future economic and political `selection
forces' upon universities will further push academic roles
towards the extremes of our triangle (i.e. towards role
specialisation). For example, Mervis [6] recently highlight-
ed that US universities will be (or already are) under
increasing economic pressure, with shrinking support from
government and private or industrial sources, a situation
aggravated by increased running costs.
Previously, teaching and research were always consid-
ered as symbiotic, with many key individuals found in the
centre of the triangle (Figure 1). We believe that teaching is
informed by research, whereas research gains clarity from
the expectation to interact and explain the basic principles
to bright young minds. Universities therefore surely need a
broad range of interacting academic strategies and cul-
tures to maintain system resilience and long-term survival
chances for all. Similar to ecosystems, universities might
now be completely unforgiving of failure at any level, but
they surely they cannot survive without diversity.
Acknowledgements

  

Source: Andrews, Anne M. - Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, Pennsylvania State University

 

Collections: Biology and Medicine