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The Knowledge Triangle and Australian Universities

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Knowledge generation, transmission and application are viewed as the three major functions of the modern university. These three responsibilities are conceptualised as ideal types and arranged in triangular form to create a mental space. Using recently released information from the Department of Education, Employment and Training about the 35 Australian public universities factor scores are computed for each of the 35 universities. These scores are used as coordinates to plot the 35 universities into the knowledge triangle. As predicted, knowledge transmission and application are most, and knowledge generation is least emphasised. The recent amalgamation of universities and colleges of advanced education to form the Unified National System as well as the unique position of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation would appear to be largely responsible for this state of affairs.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Australian Catholic University

Publication date: 1995-01-01

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