University Reform Seen as Key to Improving Research

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Science  06 Mar 1998:
Vol. 279, Issue 5356, pp. 1474-1476
DOI: 10.1126/science.279.5356.1474a

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YOGYAKARTA, INDONESIA-- Throughout Southeast Asia, governments are trying to improve their systems of higher education. Such efforts include raising student quality and faculty pay, making a stronger commitment to research, and increasing revenue from outside sources, all with the goal of producing a technologically trained work force. That's a tall order for institutions that, in some cases, are quite a bit younger than the students attending them (see " Malaysia Orders Up MIT Clone " and " Carving Out a Culture of Excellence "). In addition, there is a declining interest in technical fields among top students, who instead opt for business careers.