The value of knowledge


Abstract


The European University Association (EUA) highlighted in its document Ambitious funding for excellent research in Europe post-2020 that «education, research and innovation are central to the development and growth of any society». And they added: «Universities remain critical to safeguarding a democratic, tolerant and progressive society.» Undoubtedly, reaching a knowledge-based society is a challenge with many responsible agents. Among them, universities play a fundamental role. It looks like Spain has finally beaten Unamuno’s paradox: «Let them invent»; according to current data, we occupy the ninth or tenth position in the world in scientific production. But we still need to increase the impact of our science in the international field and, essentially, to make it serve society as indicated by the EUA.


Pilar Campins. Vice-principal for Research and Science Policy of the University of Valencia (Spain).



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