The University of the Twenty-first Century Will Be Socially Responsible or It Will Not Be
It will have to stand on a new contract with society.Building it calls for networking and a strategy for change
Auteurs : Pierre Calame
Date : 26 novembre 2003
Publié par Fondation Charles Léopold Mayer
The Government of Brazil has displayed its determination to undertake a deep transformation of the University.To do so, the Brazilian Minister of Education organized in November 2003 in Brasilia an international conference: «University 21.»The present text is P. Calame’s introduction during the plenary session of the conference.
After having explained why it is urgent to define a new social contract between the University and society, the author describes the main lines of the new contract on the basis of the definition of responsibility as stated by the Charter of Human Responsibilities.What ensues is that this responsibility must be assumed at four levels:academics, universities, states, and the global community of academics.
This responsibility has two main dimensions:training of the future elite in the management of relations;involvement in social and political affairs. It is not enough, however, for the objectives to be clear; it is necessary to design a long-term strategy for change built at these different levels by setting up alliances of «supporters of reform.»