THE:Tug of war for knowledge

Advocates of academic reorganisation are never hesitant to proclaim the requirements for completing the transition to a Knowledge Society. These are weak disciplinary divisions and supra-departmental units, such as “matrix” arrangements for facilitating collaboration with industry and government.

Systems for attracting and distributing start-up capital are also necessary. The boundaries of the university are some times regarded as an obstacle, especially where, as in the regionalisation policies of the European Union and its member states, inter-institutional cooperation across shared national borders is favoured.

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