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Universities and the knowledge-based economy: perceptions from a developing country

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>2015
<mark>Journal</mark>Higher Education Research and Development
Issue number2
Volume34
Number of pages14
Pages (from-to)242-255
Publication statusPublished
Early online date16/10/14
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

This paper considers the role of universities in the creation of a knowledge-based economy (KBE) in a developing country, Pakistan. Some developing countries have moved quickly to develop a KBE, but progress in Pakistan is much slower. Higher education plays a crucial role as part of the triple helix model for innovation. Based on the perceptions of university leaders and academic staff, the paper examines how the transformation towards a KBE in Pakistan is viewed within higher education and identifies some of the blockages and contradictions that hinder development. In particular, the paper suggests that a more integrated education system bringing together primary, secondary and tertiary education to work for a common purpose will be essential.