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The dilemma – democracy and collaboration

I’ve just paid a two-day flying visit to King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia. This is a land that wants to strengthen its position in international research and education, maybe not the picture we usually have of Saudi Arabia. KAUST has been established with the vision of building a strong … Continue reading “The dilemma – democracy and collaboration”

When facts become fiction responsibility increases

Something that has taken up a lot of space in all corners of the media in the past week is the question of alternative facts. What are they? For those of us who spend a large part of our time on the right education and research, facts constitute the very core of our business–they are … Continue reading “When facts become fiction responsibility increases”

Bureaucracy a barrier to intellectual mobility

Internationalisation is, and should be, a matter of course in academia, where knowledge is by its very nature something which crosses borders. Research and education are developed, thrive and inspired by ideas and by the sharing of knowledge and experience. However, for internationalisation to have real meaning a flexible system is needed. Internationalisation is also … Continue reading “Bureaucracy a barrier to intellectual mobility”