The Worth of the University

The Worth of the University

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DIV Published on the occasion of Richard C. LevinAca‚na„cs retirement as president of Yale University, this captivating collection of speeches and essays from the past decade reflects both his varied intellectual passions and his deep commitment to university life and leadership. Whether discussing the economic implications of climate change or speaking to an incoming class of Yale freshmen, he argues for the vital importance of scholarship and the critical role that universities play in educating students and promoting the overall well-being of our society. This collection is a sequel to The Work of the University, which contained the principal writings from LevinAca‚na„cs first decade as YaleAca‚na„cs president, and it enunciates many of the same enduring themes: forging a strong partnership with the city of New Haven, rebuilding YaleAca‚na„cs physical infrastructure, strengthening science and engineering, and internationalizing the university. But this companion volume also captures the essence of university leadership. In addressing topics as varied as his personal sources of inspiration, the development of Asian universities, and the universityAca‚na„cs role in promoting innovation and economic growth, Levin challenges the reader to be more engaged, more creative, more innovative, and above all, a better global citizen. Throughout, his commitment to and affection for Yale shines through. /divThus, private firms have little incentive to undertake the longa€”term, unpredictable work of basic science. ... The American system of scientific research rests upon three principles that have guided public policy since the end of World War II. First, the federal government is the principal financial supporter of basic science.

Title:The Worth of the University
Author:Richard C. Levin
Publisher:Yale University Press - 2013-04-15


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