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Research and Education in Developed Countries and the Dinosaur: They Never Saw it Coming

Among the greater consequences of recent advancements in science and technology has been globalization of almost everything. And as with most change, some has been for the better, some not so. What seems clear is that the model that has been successfully followed by great universities in developed countries is profoundly threatened by a tsunami of technological, pedagogical and financial pressures.

After centuries of successfully resisting change—and prospering—the need to address teaching methods, financial strategies and the expanding role of science and engineering in society is no longer avoidable. The question is whether the sage on the stage, the magnificent university library and the tree-lined campus will follow in the footsteps of the dinosaur. The answer matters.

Norman R Augustine

Norman R Augustine attended Princeton University where he graduated with a BSE and MSE in Aeronautical Engineering. He has served as Under Secretary of the Army and later Acting Secretary of the Army and as CEO of Lockheed Martin and as Lecturer with the Rank of Professor on the faculty of Princeton University.

Mr Augustine was Chairman and Principal Officer of the American Red Cross for nine years, Chairman of the National Academy of Engineering, Chairman of the Aerospace Industries Association and chairman of the Congressionally-mandated NIH Scientific Management Review Board. He is a member of the American Philosophical Society, the National Academy of Sciences and the Council on Foreign Relations, and is a Fellow of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Explorers Club. He holds 33 honorary degrees.


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