Thursday, September 27, 2007

United Nations University

SideLines, August-September 2007

Hans van Ginkel, a former Rector at UNU, based in Tokyo, Japan, has written (Asahi Shimbun, 21st Sept 2007) that the UNU cannot compete as a world university with enrolled students, since many universities already take students from the around the world. Rather it should position itself at the top of an academic pyramid by focusing on post-doctoral programs in fields of expertise that are related to the agenda of the United Nations. At the same time the university has been expanding its scope by establishing centers of activity in numerous countries. Online learning has also been targeted as an area in which it should take a lead role.

Perhaps our Research Cooperative should try to ride on the coat-tails of this institutional master of the universe?

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