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One question:

June 15, 2009

Who should determine the research focus of a university?

  • a) researchers
  • b) academic bodies in consultation (i.e. senates, academic planning committees, &c.)
  • c) vested interests who want to use tax dollars for R&D
  • d) governments [see c)]

If you answered a) and b), you are correct. If you answered c) or d), you are in Saint John.

All of which is to say, the media campaign continues unabated.

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2 Comments
  1. Linda Hansen permalink
    June 15, 2009 11:17 am

    And a second question …

    Who will own the information such research produces? Will it be public information or private?

    I’ll give you a hint from the food “industry”:

    “In 1940, agriculture received almost 40% of the [US] federal R&D budget, but by the 1990s its share had declined to less than 2%. In contrast, between 1960 and 1992, private spending for food and agricultural research tripled in real terms. Since 1992 it has expanded at an even more rapid rate. In the last year alone, commitments were made by private companies in the area of plant genomics that were approximately equivalent to the total private R&D expenditures in 1992.” [Gordon Rausser, Private/Public Research: Knowledge Assets and Future Scenarios AAEA Annual Meeting, Nashville, Tennessee, August 10, 1999]

    And that’s one of the reasons that food is over-expensive

  2. June 15, 2009 1:49 pm

    I think you’re missing the “Irving” or “Bermudan crime family” in front of ‘media campaign’.

    Their only quasi-competitors, CBC New Brunswick are not engaged in this anti-higher education propaganda war.

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