Links Between Universities and Companies

While in the rest of the world the standard is close connections between the private sector and academia, the region is still holding on to old ideological myths, which negatively affect development.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

On inaugurating in El Salvador the II National Congress of Higher Education entitled "Linking Higher Education to the Workplace", the Minister of Education, Franzi Hato Hasbun, noted the need to "carry out a process of connection between company and university , encouraging three fundamental aspects: research, innovation and overcoming social projections. "

An article in Elmundo.com.sv reports that minister Hasbun insisted that the National Higher Education system "should seek connections with businesses and encourage research."

Persisting in a vision that has already been put aside in the developed world, where interaction, fundamental in the field of applied research, between companies and universities is common, Latin America still maintains that this interaction limits the economic independence of higher education institutions, compromising their academic autonomy. The produces an isolation between "the unreal world of the classroom and the real world of work"



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