Captive knowledge: The funding for academic research has been taken over by business

by E Wayne Ross on May 12, 2009

Guardian: Captive Knowledge

May 12, 2009 By George Monbiot

The funding for academic research has been taken over by business

Why is the Medical Research Council run by an arms manufacturer? Why is the Natural Environment Research Council run by the head of a construction company? Why is the chairman of a real estate firm in charge of higher education funding for England?

Because our universities are being turned by the government into corporate research departments. No longer may they pursue knowledge for its own sake: now the highest ambition to which they must aspire is finding better ways to make money.

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Asha 05.14.09 at 7:18 am

I truly agree to this. All universities in North America unlike in Asia are pushing their Faculty too hard in getting more funding rather than focussing on imparting good education on students. Without proper education in their fields, how can one expect the students to be great researchers themselves. Instead of becoming great institutions for good education, these universities have somewhat become R & D departments! Shame on these universities!!

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