A Chance for European Universities: Or: Avoiding the Looming by Jo Ritzen

By Jo Ritzen

<P style="LINE-HEIGHT: general; MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt" class=MsoNormal>Though Europe’s universities are rather well represented one of the world’s best 2 hundred universities, they're virtually fullyyt absent from the head fifty. during this impassioned publication, Jo Ritzen argues that ecu universities are economically, culturally, and socially underexploited, and he outlines a chain of alterations essential to make those associations extra winning. He advocates reorganizing universities to want innovation over paperwork, securing financing from deepest resources to satisfy the gaps left through public price range cuts, and matching and choosing scholars with a watch towards successfully instructing for a global hard work marketplace. With such reinvention, universities may turn into instrumental to strengthening the eu aggressive place via monetary innovation, elevated social team spirit, and a extra brilliant cultural dynamism.

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Such an implication would give rise to an ideological debate which is not likely to bring great prospects closer for European universities. So: where policy suggestions are made, they refer to suggestions for national policies on the assumption that national policies act in line with the principle of subsidiarity meaning that whatever can be accomplished by national policies should be left there assuming that national policies are attuned to those of other EU countries but without transferring decision making power to the EU.

Of course top quality is not the same as average quality. Europeans are fond of defending their rather dismal attraction for top talent by pointing to a presumed high average performance of European universities. The weakness of this defence is first the implicit assumption that a high average excludes top performance while second, the assertion that on average, European universities do better than US ones is based on casual observations and not proven fact. High averages – of course – can be compatible with top performance by some, while others fall below the average, if societies are willing to allow for a (dynamic) differentiation.

102). Moreover, there was high demand for law students, for example, because “an education in Roman Law was the ordinary preparation for the career of the secular as well as of the ecclesiastical lawyer” (Rashdall, 1895, p. 112). The common history got a bifurcation in the 19th century with the writings of Cardinal Newman (1858) in Ireland (then part of the UK) and Wilhelm von Humboldt (1793) in Germany. Both became the godfathers of a new type of university. The Humboldtian research university was geared towards producing social leadership.

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