Dilemmas of the Research University: A Case of Glonacal U

  • Anatoly V. Oleksiyenko
Part of the Knowledge Studies in Higher Education book series (KSHE, volume 6)


Worldwide, major research universities (MRUs) became pace-setters for national and global science and graduate education (Altbach & Balan, 2007). These universities have a significant degree of institutional autonomy and academic freedom in order to compete for ideas, faculty members and top students internationally, as well as nationally (Altbach, 2001a, 2001b; Zha, 2003). In pursuit of global scientific norms and merits, they often override local political control. However, they do command respect for local capacity building aimed at socio-economic development and advancement of civil society (Berry, 1995; Bok, 2009; Douglass, 2016; Geiger, 2004; Oleksiyenko, 2015a). Moreover, they have an interest in being locally linked and useful, as they are constantly seeking new resources to support the high salaries and research expenditures that such universities tend to command (Brint, 2005; Clark, 1995; Rosovsky, 2014). Entangled in the simultaneous flows of global, national and local agendas, the MRUs are indeed “glonacal” institutions, and are increasingly challenged on their capacity to handle the competition and collaboration among those agendas (Jones & Oleksiyenko, 2011; Marginson & Rhoades, 2002; Oleksiyenko, 2010).


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  • Anatoly V. Oleksiyenko
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  1. 1.Faculty of EducationThe University of Hong KongHong KongHong Kong

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