ERIC Number: ED344521
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr-11
The University as Institution Today: Topics for Reflections.
This paper offers some reflections concerning the university as an institution today and in the future particularly in the developing nations. The discussion starts with a look at the double meaning of the word "administer." Taken internally "administer" relates to the organization of the university. Taken externally, "administer" refers to qualities through which the university makes itself visible and makes its presence felt in the social environment. The discussion particularly examines the qualities of institutional autonomy and the principles and philosophy which should govern the university's autonomous exercise and academic liberties. The discussion of the internal meaning of "administer" reviews the organic, academic structures which guarantee the successful management of the teaching, research, and technological functions resulting in the integral formation of persons through the pedagogical systems the university establishes. It is also noted that the university administers services to culture, to the individual, and to society through the professions and university extension services, to public and private institutions through the relations the university establishes with them, and to future generations. The document concludes with an epilogue on planning and the evaluation of the achievements attained by the university as a social institution. (JB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, Paris (France). General Information Programme.
Authoring Institution: United Nations Univ., Tokyo (Japan). World Inst. for Development Economics Research.
Note: Paper presented at the UNESCO/NGO Consultation on Higher Education Issues (2nd, April 8-11, 1991).