Show simple item record Tshishonga, N. 2018-11-20T07:01:25Z 2018-11-20T07:01:25Z 2018
dc.description Journal article published in The 3rd Annual International Conference on Public Administration and Development Alternatives 04 - 06 July 2018, Stellenbosch University, Saldahna Bay, South Africa en_US
dc.description.abstract Worldwide, institutions of higher learning are challenged to transform themselves to play a decisive role in an ever-changing environment. Viewed from an open system theory, these institutions like any other organizations are to discover, contextualise and employ appropriate and deliberate strategic planning, management strategies and tools to address the needs and aspirations imposed by these environments. As such, universities are compelled to configure and revisit their roles and models for them to impact positively on their immediate environment and wider stakeholders. Thus, the existence of universities as social institutions implicates them to transcend their traditional role from teaching and learning and improve their research and community engagement to using knowledge as a social tool to transform society. This paper therefore provides an ontological and epistemological analysis of the traditional and emerging roles played by universities in the 21st century. The author made use of various models to assess and understand evolving roles of universities and their implications for a wider societal transformation. These models range from the metaphysical, scientific, entrepreneurial and bureaucratic to liquid, therapeutic, authentic and ecological models. Within a single university, the research university, the entrepreneurial university, the bureaucratic university, and even the corporate university have a presence and influence. However, the question is how does the modern university navigate all this branding and roles, and still maintain its status and identity of being a university. Due to pressure from both the immediate and wider environment, the paper argues that universities have no option but to adopt to the ecological university model if they are concerned about playing an active and impactful role in transforming society. en_US
dc.format.extent 14 pages en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher International Conference on Public Administration and Development Alternatives, 04 - 06 July 2018, Stellenbosch University, Saldahna Bay, South Africa en_US
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dc.subject Developmental university en_US
dc.subject Ecological university en_US
dc.subject Epistemological en_US
dc.subject Ontological discourses en_US
dc.subject Role of universities en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Ecology en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Public administration en_US
dc.title Empistemological and ontological discourses on the role of Universities in the 21st Century en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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