الجامعات: نهضة أم انحطاط

"إن الجامعات الأوروبية، في مجموعها، تواجه إخفاقاً واضحاً في توفير الطاقة الفكرية والإبداعية المطلوبة من أجل تحسين الأداء الاقتصادي الضعيف للقارة". كان هذا التصريح المثير عبارة عن مقدمة لكتيب جديد عنوانه الفرعي "نهضة أم انحطاط"، ولقد استعرت ذلك التصريح لموضوعي هذا.

والحقيقة أن المؤلفين اللذين اشتركا في تقديم هذا الكتيب، ريتشارد لامبرت المحرر الأسبق لصحيفة فاينانشيال تايمز والمدير العام القادم لاتحاد الصناعات البريطانية، و نِك بتلر نائب رئيس مجموعة تنمية الإستراتيجيات والسياسات في بريتيش بتروليم، لا يمثلان مصالح أكاديمية بحتة. وربما ينطبق ما ذكراه بشأن أوروبا على أغلب أنحاء العالم، لكنه لا ينطبق على الولايات المتحدة.

أورد لامبرت و بتلر في كتيبهما أربع من نقاط الضعف الرئيسية التي تعاني منها الجامعات الأوروبية والتي يتعين عليها أن تتعامل معها وتعالجها. وهما يدعوان في ذلك الكتيب إلى:

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