Universities as Partners in Global Development: A Conversation with Arizona State University President Michael Crow
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Universities as Partners in Global Development: A Conversation with Arizona State University President Michael Crow

Date: Monday, February 10, 2014
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. ET (19:00 – 20:15 GMT or convert time)
Location: World Bank Headquarters and Online

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On February 10th, President Crow shared lessons learned from Arizona State University's global partnerships with leading universities, ministries of Science & Technology, development agencies, and corporations, as well as from its work fostering local development. ASU, one of the largest public universities in the U.S. with over 70,000 students, is leading innovation among higher education institutions seeking to improve excellence, access, and impact. President Crow will draw from over 25 years of experience in designing university systems, building international partnerships, and investing in R&D that drives green growth.

Opening remarks: Jim Yong Kim, President, World Bank Group
Presenter: Michael Crow, President, Arizona State University
Moderator: Elizabeth King, Acting Vice President, Human Development Network, World Bank Group

Blog: What is the role of universities in global development? by Michael Crow

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Dr Nur Anisah Abdullah
How could universities in the less developed world play a role in global development when there are limited opportunities to stand with the giants?
Mervyn Extavour
Trinidad and Tobago
Development in third World and 'Emerging Economies' continues to face challenges of political, social, economic and infrastructural turmoil. How can the Academic Environment (Universities) gain the respect of these leaders in helping to chart the development agenda?
Prof. V.K.Manglik
Collaboration is not a 21st century skill but it is essential requirement of “higher order thinking skill’ (HOTS) and applications for human benefit. It has enormous benefit but approach is lacking .In blooms digital taxonomy it plays vital role in planning, inventing , designing etc etc...However , worldwide development is not happening at the pace with which it is needed . What step you are taking and what a university in third world do so that it moves exponentially ?
Prof Azael Barrera
I teach science at an academic program with Florida State University in Panama in Central America. This program has operated for 58+ years with a relative small impact in the local development. Many universities, from North America and Europe have being opening academic branches or programs but mostly in rather rich or rapidly emergent economy countries like BRIKS where local students can pay high tuition instead of setting up, fostering and supporting more academic and research programs in least developed countries. Doing so may have more direct impact in nurturing sustainable development in those countries and at the same time could make their study abroad students gain a more truthful experience in their own global career developments. One of the most needed impacts perhaps could be by directly participating in helping developing countries which still suffer from unguided, improvised and non research-based teaching to improve substantially their general education systems. A good education is the fundamental basis for national and global development, every good thing comes from good education: health, access to clean resources (water, air, food), decent jobs, self-respect, humane economies and businesses, and sustainability in the whole sense. Why universities do not do that. The World Bank could facilitate these kind of programs. I know ASU is in the forefront of science education research which could transform in unforeseen ways the general education system of many least developed countries, for example.
Professor Lesley-Jane Eales-Reynolds
United Kingdom
As someone who has been involved in various initiatives and who currently is part of the senior executive for an institution committed to widening participation, I am surprised that the focus of Global Development always seems to be science and technology. Knowing that the arts can play a big part in health and wellbeing, I wonder where you see these fitting in to the bigger picture?
David Wright
United States
Dr. Crow, In 2007 you wrote, "...legal systems that foster dissent and freedom of choice provide a fertile culture for innovation."-- None Dare Call It Hubris: The Limits of Knowledge, Issues in Science and Technology, Winter 2007. 1) Please explain the roles of dissent and freedom of choice in innovation, how universities foster dissent and freedom of choice within the academy and how universities may influence other organizations to do the same. 2) In an innovative culture that fosters dissent, how is dissent best expressed, ie so it may be heard, so it may be addressed in a meaningful way, as well as set a positive example for others who wish to speak out in conscience? Thank You, David
Amel Barich
How can we make the universities in countries in development (like Morocco) contribute to the economic growth of the country while they are considered as the last options for students about to start their undergraduate studies, and while the programs match poorly the job market?
Hailu Mekonnen
United States
What is the current state of Liberal Education in US Universities and what does it mean for strengthening international partnerships (in promoting university education of high quality in partner countries) and enhancing global citizenship as well as global development ?
CONSA Consejo Nacional de Servicio Aymara en Bolivia
tenemos mucho enteres en su programa , como pueden apoyarnos en la educacion para niños y jovenes de escasos recursos que no pueden terminar sus estudios.que existen mucha pobreza. saludos muchas gracias Agapito Herrera
Mike O'Malley
Is a country's local human rights record a consideration when making new alliances or deciding to collaborate in certain jurisdictions? Is gender equality within a country a consideration when making such alliances or deciding to collaborate in certain countries?
Sidy Ba
Dear Dr. Jim Yong Kim, I found the book "Mountains beyond Mountains" featuring your work with Paul Farmer on the fight against major diseases in many countries very inspiring. Here is my question: is there a mechanism by which a young African PhD from best universities in North America can loan/aid from the WB to open in Mali, Africa a doctoral school? If yes, how? Thank you in advance! Sidy
samuel nixon jr
United States
How many universities are currently in significant, impacting, sustainable partnerships across more than one country, for "essential" needs of the countries they serve, and how has that trended over the past 2 decades and how are their partnerships assessed?
Dr. Ashish Manohar Urkude
It has been observed that some Universities have more influence than others on Global Development, though, every University passes out millions of graduates in the course of time. Can we have a program in which every university can (in fact should) make a contribution? This will improve the quality of graduates around the world, hence this question. Otherwise, for millions of years graduation would be there, billions will graduate but, without any significant difference, value and impact on the global development on earth, and on further fronts, especially expanding human civilization on Moon, Mars and beyond.
Neeraj Saxena
Use of terms like "pass/fail", "grade", "class/batch", "examination" etc. is redolent of the factory environment in our academic institutions. No wonder they are low in innovation, specially when it comes to institutions in developing countries. The factories unto themselves as the academic institutions are, they are today failing on "innovations" on several counts. However, three reasons stand out in my opinion. Firstly, the "pre-determined content" which is not only administered as course, but also used to assess the students/ learners- leaving almost no scope for creative thinking. Secondly, much of what is taught (including applied subjects) is wide-off and often not relevant. Thirdly, the poor industry-academia interface which can be the natural ground of "innovations" The current educational model evolved to meet the need of "trained workforce" for the factories and has been apt for industrial age and most of the innovations are product-oriented. Now that we are a knowledge society, there is a need to make education human-oriented and make human minds work for solutions to meet the unmet needs. To position Universities as partners in Global Development, it is imperative that education systems are overhauled and attuned to the needs of knowledge societies. Where does one start for the change?
Ermias Alemu
What is your plan for developing countries like Ethiopia?
United States
My question: Mr. Crow I am former ASU STUDENT/ATH ALUM IN 2000!In the next five year's or so, how do you see student/athlete's better transformation into the business world and really benefiting for there future after the are done playing there sport?Alot do not get there degree's and go right into professional sporting, with nothing to fall back on, it is hard to get adjusted into the business world after being a student/athlete for that particular university! THX CHE' GO ASU...2/10/14!
Michael W Massey
United States
How are universities diversifying globally without falling into the historic trap of over-investment in local fixed assets versus scalable efficiencies via variable costs? Michael Massey, Doctoral Student Global Elearning for Societies in Extreme Poverty University of Georgia, USA
United States
Mr.Crow, How can the tuition fee keep rising every year when there is a driving passion involved by financial agencies like the World Bank to fund education, along with the Federal Govt.? As a surprise, the number of Students keep rising too and ASU is the largest student populated university in USA.