Professor Ellen Hazelkorn has edited a new book analysing the dual responsibilities of universities at local and global level.
The book, Higher Education in the World 6. Towards a Socially Responsible University: Balancing the Global with the Local, explores the potential conflicts and intrinsic difficulties in addressing both the local demands of society based on the race for global competitiveness and the local and global demands to contribute to a more equitable and sustainable society (at local and global levels).
The current organisation of higher education in the world urges universities to compete on the global stage for students, faculty and research contracts. At the same time, they are expected to contribute to the economic development of their localities and to sustainable and inclusive global and local development.
From this perspective, it becomes necessary to make the dual engagement of universities explicit: with the immediate needs of our local societies and with the global challenges of the world.