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Building the entrepreneurial university: A global perspective

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Henry Etzkowitz


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The entrepreneurial university is the next stage in the development of a medieval institution. Integrating a commitment to economic growth and social development with research and teaching, the entrepreneurial university supersedes the late 19th century Humboldtian synthesis that aligned research with teaching as the two primary academic missions (Etzkowitz, Minera,1983, 21, 198-233). From its medieval origins, whether a student- or faculty-led foundation as in Paris or Bologna, the university has proved to be a flexible and evolving organizational form capable of reconciling conservatism with innovation. The passage of student generations combined with relative faculty autonomy is the basis on which these two institutional characteristics co-exist in a creative tension. © Beech Tree Publishing 2008.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Etzkowitz H, Zhou C

Publication type: Editorial

Publication status: Published

Journal: Science and Public Policy

Year: 2008

Volume: 35

Issue: 9

Pages: 627-635

ISSN (print): 0302-3427

ISSN (electronic): 1471-5430

Publisher: Beech Tree Publishing


DOI: 10.3152/030234208X363178