Does research always have to be targeted towards economic benefit?

If you are a developing Asian state, the answer apparently seems to be 'yes'. This has been suggested as a strategy for Asian countries in achieving their research and development goals. Resources for scientific research, whether undertaken in universities or in the private sector, should be carefully allocated and targeted towards specific areas for priority development. …

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East is east: university partnerships work all ways

The Korea Times this week reported on an initiative by the country's new Uzbek Ambassador to encourage Korean universities to open branch campuses in Uzbekistan. This is an interesting initiative, both in that it's being initiated by Uzbekistan - not known for its openness to the world - and as a demonstration that university partnerships …

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