Assessing the value of research

Ireland“I was at a function recently when I was accosted by one of the other persons attending. How, she wanted to know, could I justify all that ‘useless research’ that was going on in my university? She wasn’t against research – not at all, in fact: she wanted us to find the cure for cancer, the answer to Dublin’s traffic problems, and a solution to all those under-funded pension schemes. And instead, what were we working on? …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 6 November]

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