New and Forgotten Pathways Reducing Tension in Contract between University, Society and Authorities


  • Kestutis Krisciunas Kaunas University of Technology


economic downturn, education and training, spirituality of graduates, university’s diversity, interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary study programmes, entrepreneurial university, university’s autonomy, university’s ranking.


The article is dedicated to the analysis of the reasons of possible misunderstandings in contract between University, society and the authorities. Some ways for the convention are proposed. Dynamism of the range of societal groups, growing complexity of modern economics and the protracted process of current economic downturn stimulate broad investigation pursuing identification the essential landmarks of society’s development as well as boosters of the economics pursuing possible common causes of current embarrassments. In this paper the attempt is made to investigate the vigor of one pillar of the current economics. That is quality of manpower acting in the conditions of the postmodern economics. It is assumed among many causes of economic downturn as well as society’s alienation and detune a whole chain of interconnected reasons. At the very beginning of the chain supposed to be the erosion of spiritual values of community members acting in current economics. It is claimed in the article that disremembered and muted spiritual values could be the reason of released greediness, boosted corruption and undercut confidence between partners. Those circumstances grounded conditions and influenced the emerging and afterwards consecutive fall of the expanded fictional business pyramids in many countries. Globalism of economic downturn demonstrates that those circumstances are common to American and European continent. In that connection it is important to have a look to relevance of education and training of human resources as well as to investigate the essentials of education including cultivation of the spirituality of graduates in every study programme. Discussing the content of study programmes adequate attention to interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary study programmes is underlined as well. It is mentioned that those programmes could enable educating pathfinders with the broader scope of spirituality, knowledge and skills. Those graduates could become leaders in making reasonable sustainable long-run oriented innovations in the industry and society. Maintaining the European concept of university’s diversity worth development of entrepreneurial universities with clear specific mission and regional involvement is supported as another essential improvement relevant to the current situation in the education and training field of the postmodern European society. In the article University multidimensional ranking as another political instrument for enhancing of their quality is overviewed and recommended. It is stated that strenghtening the autonomy of universities as well as increasing investments in education and training are enabling preconditions for the improvement of the performances of universities in European countries. The specific accent is made to the fact that relations of autonomy and financing as well as quality of universities are inseparable. The main objective of the article is to discuss the mix-up in contract between university, society and authorities as well as circumstances and instruments for enabling universities to realise their assumed long run mission and the particularly mission in strengthening knowledge-based economy and society in Europe.

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