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Pursuing the endless frontier : essays on MIT and the role of research universities

Author: Charles M Vest
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©2005.
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"In his fourteen years as president of MIT Charles Vest worked continuously to realize his vision of rebuilding America's trust in science and technology. In a time when the federal government dramatically reduced its funding of academic research programs and industry shifted its R&D resources into the short-term product-development process, Vest called for new partnerships with business and government. He called  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Charles M Vest
ISBN: 0262220725 9780262220729
OCLC Number: 55109186
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xxvi, 292 p. ; 21 cm.
Contents: MIT: Shaping the future (Inaugural address, 10 May 1991) --
From the first year: MIT in national and international context (1990-1991) --
Excellence in an era of change and constraint (1991-1992) --
Embracing complexity, moving toward coherence (1992-1993) --
Higher education and the challenges of a new era (1993-1994) --
What we don't know (1994-1995) --
Bold ventures and opportunity for all? (1995-1996) --
Steward of the future: the evolving roles of academia, industry, and government (1996-1997) --
MIT: The path to our future (1997-1998) --
Three questions in search of answers (1998-1999) --
Disturbing the educational universe: universities in the digital age-dinosaurs or prometheans? (2000-2001) --
Response and responsibility: balancing security and openness in research and education (2001-2002) --
Moving on (2002-2004).
Responsibility: essays by Charles M. Vest.

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The former president of MIT discusses challenges and policy issues confronting academia, science and technology, and the world at large.  Read more...

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"[Vest's]...prescriptions for universities range from...rebuilding public trust in technology to fostering partnerships with business and government." Robert Weisman Boston Globe

 
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