Join us on Tuesday November 2 at 3:30 in the Microsoft Atrium of UW’s Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science & Engineering for a presentation by Stanford President John Hennessy on “The Future of Research Universities.”
American research universities are widely admired as the best in the world. The ability to turn research discoveries into new products, companies, and even industries make them the envy of the world. But, there are storm clouds on the horizon, including inadequacy of federal research funding, decreasing state commitments to higher education, emerging well-funded challengers for scientific leadership, and lagging interest and preparation in science and engineering among U.S. students. Many of these challenges will require policy challenges at the state and national level. There are, however, also steps that universities can take to improve their ability to excel and to address the major challenges society faces around the world.