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What is the Major Criticism About the Specialization of Academic Research at Universities?


College and Universities emphasize on interdisciplinary research and a lot of financers love to fund such projects. It has been criticized that the traditional departments are limiting the scope of research that interdisciplinary research has to offer and some may even see the disciplines leading to anachronism. In efforts to promote interdisciplinary research the academic research and the private sector have been working parallel through the ages to improve its innovation performance and promote entrepreneurship. In the private sector, involving many such industries needs a broad knowledge of not just one discipline but of many, which is why to instill a sense of teamwork amongst the interdisciplinary students, such projects must be encouraged by the university and the colleges. It will not only give long-term solutions along the lines of developing new skill sets but it also ensures safe integration into the practicality of the industrial projects. (Maryann P. Feldman, 1999) The university must look outside their conventional ways and modify the specialization of academic research that not only works for the private sector but also promote science diversity, specialization and localized competition, which will eventually promote the projects and the sole financers, after recognizing its sole potential will fund the needed labs and centers for it. To ensure technological growth, one must introduce a team from all disciplines to accelerate it and to better understand how it could be economically be useful to the rest of the world. This is a social responsibility that a university must realize, to bring forth it’s student’s potential and to find reserves of hidden talent amongst the young researchers. Conventional academe only focuses on the overall degree of it’s student not many are concerned with developing a sense of research hence only few are subjected to the world of research and innovation and many lacks behind. (Leahey, 2007)

  • Leahey, E. (2007). Not by Productivity Alone: How Visibility and Specialization. Arizona : University of Arizona.
  • Maryann P. Feldman, D. B. (1999). Innovation in cities: Science-based diversity, specialization and localized competition. In D. B. Audretsch (Ed.), European Economic Review 43 (pp. 409-429). Baltimore : Elsevier. Retrieved July 27, 2018

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