In BOOKS, Edited Books by Jean-Philippe Boillat

Werner Z. Hirsch and Luc E. Weber (eds))
Glion Colloquium series, Vol. 4 Economica, Paris, Londres et Genève, 2004

The fourth Glion Colloquium, which was held in Glion above Montreux, Switzerland, in June 2003, drew together active university leaders (presi­dents, rectors, vice-chancellors), along with guests from industry with close ties to academe, to compare perspectives on the future of the research uni­versity in America and Europe, as reflected in its title, “Reinventing the Research University”. Although there was considerable discussion about whether it would be more accurate to use other verbs such as “reforming”, “renewing” or “refocusing”, there was general agreement that change would characterize the future of the research university, driven by powerful social, econornic and technological forces driving change in our world.

The papers contained in this book reflect both the consensus and differences in the perspectives of the participants on these issues. In Part I, papers by Frank Rhodes, Robert Zemsky and James Duderstadt, Luc Weber and Pavel Zgaga, as well as Howard Newby, set the stage by considering the forces that are likely to change the nature of the research university. In Part II, Roger Downer, James Duderstadt and Frans van Vught discuss the changing nature of education and scholarship. Part III then continues with papers by Robert Zemsky, André Oosterlinck, Nils Hasselmo, Marcel Crochet and Wayne Johnson on the changing nature of the interaction bet­ween the research university and broader society. In Part IV, Luc Weber, Marye Anne Fox, Frank Rhodes and Marcel Crochet discuss the challenges of financing and governing the contemporary research university. In the concluding chapter the editors endeavour to pull together these discussions to develop more specific suggestions concerning the issues and strategies that universities should consider as they approach a period of rapid change.