“Paradoxes in Higher Education”, a Conversation with Prof. Luc Soete


  • DATE / TIME:
    2016•12•14    18:30 - 19:30

    On 14 December 2016, UNU will host “Paradoxes in Higher Education“, a conversation with Professor Luc Soete, former Rector Magnificus of Maastricht University and Chairman of the Research, Innovation, and Science Policy Experts High Level Group. This event will start at 6:30 p.m. at UNU Headquarters in Tokyo.

    Investments in education are essential for the sustainable growth and development of a country. But are governments making the right decisions regarding their educational investments?

    One of the paradoxes of higher education is that in developed countries — where a comparatively high percentage of the population is university educated — additional investments in primary and secondary education are more likely to improve education levels than investments in tertiary education.

    By contrast, in developing countries, additional investments in universities are increasingly an absolute condition for further development. These investments raise both the quality and employability of university graduates, enabling emerging economies to reap the benefits of human resource development.

    Prof. Luc Soete will join UNU Rector David M. Malone for a conversation exploring the contradictions and trends in higher education. As an expert in the field of innovation studies, Prof. Soete will offer a unique perspective on how science, technology, and economics interact to inform sound educational policy.

    The UNU Conversation Series aims to foster audience participation: you are encouraged to engage with the speakers during the conversation and at the reception that will follow, where all audience members are invited to enjoy the food and drinks that will be served while exchanging ideas and making new contacts.

    Please note that this event will be in English only; Japanese interpretation will not be provided. Advance registration (by 13 December) is required. Please click on the REGISTER button above to access the online registration page.

    About the speaker

    Luc Soete is the former Rector Magnificus of Maastricht University and the chairman of the Research, Innovation, and Science Policy Experts High Level Group. He is also a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and a former member of the Dutch Advisory Council for Science, Technology and Innovation.

    Prof. Soete has published widely in the area of theoretical, empirical, and policy analysis of innovation. Previously, he held positions at the Institute of Development Studies and the Science Policy Research Unit, both at the University of Sussex, and in the Department of Economics at Stanford University. In 1986 he became professor at Rijksuniversiteit Limburg (now Maastricht University) in the Netherlands. In 1988 he founded the Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (MERIT), which became integrated into UNU-MERIT in 2005.

    Prof. Soete holds a PhD in economics from the University of Sussex, and has honorary doctorates from Ghent University and the University of Liège.


    2F Reception Hall
    United Nations University
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    Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8925