It is up to the university to point at ways to understand the need of change, thus contributing to the production and transmission of knowledge for the economic, social and cultural development of society. Based on Morin, Foucault, Freire and others, as well as research on two universities, a public and a private one, this study analyses the mission and episteme, the ethos of the university within the context of the society of knowledges and globalization. It shows the contribution of interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity toward higher education renewal, which we call post-disciplinarity, at the beginning of this century. At this historical moment, permeated by the theories of contemporaneity, the university must be invested with a new paradigm: inter and transdisciplinary research of both local and global character and themes to serve the community to which it belongs, thus seeking the totality of knowledge. This analysis highlights the fact that public and confessional universities are more open to change and innovation, with a strong tradition regarding institutional research. Private universities are seeking ways to develop research activities. Anyhow, without research the university does not reach its ethos of knowledge producer.
|Keywords:||Higher Education, New Paradigm, Interdisciplinarity, Transdisciplinarity|
Researcher, Research Unit on Higher Education, Unit Public Policies, University of Sâo Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
Coordinator,Researchr and professor, Sao Paulo College of Arts , UNIFESP, Federal University of São Paulo, São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
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