Universities in the 21st Century: In search for a New Metaphor: An Inside-Out Model of Universiti Sains Malaysia

By Zainal Abidin Sanusi, Dzulkifli A. Razak, Hamoon Khelghat-Doost and Omar Osman.

Published by Journal of the World Universities Forum

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The aim of this article is to reflect upon the ideas of universities especially in respond to its relation with the societies. It explores the metaphor that has driven the functions and the ways that universities have been operating. It questions such structure and proposes that universities, within the framework of their ‘third mission’, are in dire need of a ‘new’ metaphor that is build upon universities’ own unique structure and not by internalizing the outside forces especially from industries. In advocating these ideas, the article illustrates through the experiences of Universiti Sains Malaysia in becoming the top research university in Malaysia, yet remains as University in a Garden and recognised as a Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development.

Keywords: Sustainable University, Inside-out Approach

Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volume 1, Issue 6, pp.99-106. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 551.858KB).

Dr. Zainal Abidin Sanusi

Coordinator, Regional Centre of Expertise, Corporate and Sustainable Development Division, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia

Currently a lecturer in international politics and also a coordinator for Regional Center of Exertise on Education for Sustainable Development.Graduated from Japanese university and did postdoctoral study at United Nation University. Main area of interest include international political economy and sustainable development. Currently conducting several researches on sustainable development especially in the area of education.

Dzulkifli A. Razak

Vice-Chancellor, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia

Dzulkifli A. Razak is the Vice Chancellor of Universiti Sains Malaysia

Hamoon Khelghat-Doost

Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia

Hamoon Khelghat-Doost - is a postgraduate student at Universiti Sains Malaysia and also Research Assistant at the Regional Centre of Expertise for Education for Sustainable Development, Universiti Sains Malaysia.

Omar Osman

Deputy Vice Chancellor, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia

Omar Osman is Deputy Vice Chancellor of Universiti Sains Malaysia. He works on the governance of sustainable development with project planning and management background. He belongs to the School of Housing, Building and Planning of the university.

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