A University of the Future by Dieter Berstecher, Jacques Drèze, Gabriel Fragnière, Yves

By Dieter Berstecher, Jacques Drèze, Gabriel Fragnière, Yves Guyot, Collette Hambye, Ignace Hecquet, Jean Jadot, Jean Ladrière, Nicholas Rouche (auth.)

In instituting its potential reports the eu Cultural Founda­ tion has to a point long gone opposed to culture. formerly those that have been deeply dedicated to the assumption of a ecu neighborhood appeared into the earlier instead of into the long run for bases on which the com­ munity might be built-in. besides the fact that, if we need a ecu society to turn into a fact it has to be equipped at the foundation of shared basic values. the vast majority of courses facing a unified or inte­ grated Europe have before permitted that this beginning warrantly­ ing the steadiness of a destiny eu society may be present in yes universal parts of the heritage of the eu international locations. The futurological reports instituted by way of the ecu Cultural Foun­ dation haven't rejected this mode of technique outright. they've got revered the old framework integral to any futurological venture. however the learn and discussions of the teams operating in the framework of Plan Europe 2000 supply expanding aid to the conviction expressed by means of Gaston Deurinck within the first phrases of his advent to the current examine: "The destiny doesn't exist .. thf> destiny is to be created, and earlier than being created, it has to be conceived, it has to be invented, and at last willed" ..

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In any case, this anti-rationalist reaction is starting to turn against science which is considered to be the main support of that which is to be rejected. It is stated for example that the scientific attitude does not have those qualities of objectivity which it claims, that it is based upon suspect presuppositions which have their roots in a need to dominate, etc .. It must however be pointed out that the criticism of rationalism, at least insofar as it is explicit and based on reflection, is essentially directed at two points.

Permanent education could be conceived of either as centralised (relatively few institutions) or decentralised (students finding "on the spot" the aids and materials which they need). No doubt we must think rather of a combination of these two extremes. On the one hand there must be a central "core" in which the necessary aids could be developed, and in which the various experiments and results could be compared and criticised, etc... }. On the other hand a mobile staff linked through this core but operating "on the spot" in those milieus in which the demand for education is really apparent.

2 We shall therefore examine how the main groups concerned in the debate regard the tasks of the university and the relationship between these groups. (7 and 8) 2 It must be remembered that a researcher often belongs both to a community within the university where he works and to an international community made up of those who work in the same special field as himself. ses, this second community predominates. Aims and purposes of the university in Europe in the year 2000 23 It is however more usual to define the university in terms of its tasks, and we shall start with this aspect.

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