oa Alternation - National Education's Research Benchmarks: Realistic Targets or Pie in the Sky?

Volume 9, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1023-1757



In a wide-ranging review of successful drivers for socio-economic development, the World Bank (1999) concluded that knowledge is central. In the new knowledge economy, information and its use are primary commodities (Castells 2001). Generation of new knowledge, its application, storage and manipulation are therefore important to socio-economic development (Muller et al. 2001). New knowledge and the skills to manipulate and process this new knowledge are acquired when undertaking research (Mouton et al. 200 1). Thus, having a sustainable research capacity and capability is important, at both systems and institutional levels.

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