n South African Journal of Higher Education - Learning about the entrepreneurial university : do we know what it means? Do we know what it takes to succeed? : editorial

Volume 21, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1011-3487



Many higher education systems in developed and developing countries with market-driven economies are experiencing some degree of turbulence. Governments are choosing to spend less on their higher education systems, whilst also asking more of them. Universities are expected to contribute to the economic development of knowledge economies and to educate significantly greater proportions of populations to take their place in those economies (Slaughter and Leslie 1997, 1-2). Such policy inevitably encourages institutions to seek closer relationships with both government and industry to help generate revenue and to better meet national needs. The complex and intertwined relationships between higher education, business and government have been described by Etzkowitz (2004, 64) as a , a genomic image interdependence and synergy. The ivory tower of higher education is effectively 'demolished' in such developed economies and the changes we see in these entwined relationships, are structural and are not likely to revert (Slaughter and Leslie 1997, 6; Clark 1998; Marginson and Considine 2000).

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