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SYNERGISTIC POTENTIAL FOR ACADEMIC LINKAGES IN PROVIDING GLOBAL ECONOMIC SOLUTIONS

Linkages and Development


WANYONYI TIMOTHY KITUI (Student MSc. Diplomacy and International Relation, BSc. Disaster Management and International Diplomacy-MMUST, Instructor; KIM and DALC Education and a Training Consultant Bridgesons Management Consultants)
timothykitui@gmail.com 0727487007 THEME: ACADEMIC LINKAGES: STRATEGIES, OPPORTUNITIES, CHALLENGES AND FUTURE. 3rd Feb, 2012

CONTENTS
i. Introduction ii. Proven potential iii. Economic Policy Making and Academic Linkages iv. Research Design v. Proactive and Reactive Research Initiatives vi. The Brain Drain-Brain Gain Question vii.A Case of China viii.Statistics of Brain Drain in China ix. Solution by Brain Circulation through academic linkages x. Conclusion xi. References

INTRODUCTION
This paper analyses academic linkages-global economic

solution potential and investigates the role of academic linkages in active innovation and research in this regard.
Academic linkages as a new paradigm in learning have

shaped themselves to entail long-term mutually-enriching relationships between two or more institutions of

learning, departments, schools or faculties.

Introduction Cont
With the economic instability threatening the entire globe, research and innovation seem to prove the only remedy.

This has led to mushrooming of alliances, consortia, coalitions and other academic partnerships.
Academic linkages therefore stand out to be the ultimate

platform in facilitation of these. Bazzoli, Stein, Alexander et al. 1997; Bruce and Mckane 2000; Mitchel and Shortel 2000 among a long list of scholars, in their quest to find health solutions in the United States found academic collaborations through linkages to be the only way.

Introduction Cont
Among the major functions of such linkages as adapted from University of Fraser Valleys linkage policy include;
i) Student exchanges ii) Study abroad programs for students iii)Faculty Exchange/visiting iv) Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) amongst

institutions v) Dual Credential Programs vi) International Development Projects; often involving multiple partners

Introduction Cont
vii. Funded Student Mobility Agreements viii.Joint research activities

ix. Library and documentation exchange


x. Exchange of research material xi. Joint participation in seminars and conferences xii.Agreements with private partners or nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and public agencies leading to cooperative activities such as

internships and study abroad.

Proven Potential
Academic linkage adoption has proven to be a potential approach for enhancing the effectiveness of knowledge and skill sharing. These advantages could

boost strategic efficiency of the developing worlds economy by widening its creativity and innovation knowledge base.
Owing to the increasing need for collaborations and partnerships, this paper discusses the need for strengthening of academic linkages to synergize the independent solutions to global economic challenges through cumulative effort.

Proven Potential Cont


There is a relevance of policy intervention on the adoption of

academic linkages among institutions of higher learning, linkages capability of economic growth over traditional approaches to research where individual initiatives and efforts have been futilely utilized. This can be illustrated as follows: Log Pik = 1k log (Iik) + 2k log (Uik) + 3k log (Uik) log (Cik) + e ik
In this formula, P is the number of patent inventions, I represents

the private corporate expenditures on R&D, U represents research conducted at Universities and C is a measure of the geographic coincidence of university and corporate research and e represents stochastic disturbance. i is the technological area and k the industrial sector. From this analysis, Zoltan J. et al (1987) say, Jaffes statistical results provide evidence that corporate patent activity responds positively to commercial spillovers from university research.

Research Design
Multiple case study and integrated literature survey was

adopted in this study. Scrutinizing artifacts such as university linkage policies, online linkage portals on websites, research papers and reports. The University of Fraser Valleys linkage policy, patterns and projects were examined to understand the project models adopted and how they could be used to foster synergy and embeddedness. To obtain summaries of projects, inter-university research documentations, focusing on academic linkagesdevelopment projects reports were scrutinized. In order to evaluate the capacity to challenge brain drain, trends in China were examined.

Economic Policy Making and Academic Linkages


Dr. La Verne is categorical on the irony that Expertise in data collection and analysis is critical to the policy-making

process and can be provided by academic researchers. But the real world policymaker and the ivory tower academician often have difficulty working together. Both parties have been reluctant to venture into each others unique worlds. With this failed partnerships due to divergent goals and objectives, research findings and recommendations have often ended up being shelved with the society being left to ail from all natural anti-development forces and bottlenecks except for private sector initiatives.

In the 1990s, there was an increasing level of dissatisfaction

Economic Policy Making and Academic Linkages Cont

among the public in the universities and colleges in the United States. Boyer says . . . universities and colleges are suffering from a decline in public confidence and a nagging feeling that they are no longer at the vital center of the nations work (Boyer 1996, 15). This prompted universities and colleges to venture into the principle of engagement. Engagement has since encouraged the society to access external knowledge and resources and credible expertise (Fear et al. 2004). These expertises can then be engaged by policy makers to play critical roles and contribute to decision making. This idea is further stressed by Spanier who acknowledges that engagement and partnership opportunities also enrich student experience by bringing research and engagement into the curriculum and offering practical opportunities for students to prepare for the world they will enter and in the end become productive citizens of the local and global community. Spanier (2005)

Proactive and Reactive Research Initiatives


Reactivity is tending to be responsive or to react to a stimulus

research. From this oxford dictionary definition of reactivity, reactive research initiatives can be defined as the inquisitive venture into phenomena that is triggered by a given stimulus such as problem, challenge or rapid change of pattern in a system causing discomfort. Proactivity is anticipating and taking charge of situations (Definition from the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary 1933). Proactive research initiatives involve acting in advance of a future situation, rather than engaging in the quest to find out solutions after problems occur. It means taking control and making things happen rather than just adjusting to a situation or waiting for something to happen.

The relationship between reactive and proactive research processes


ZONE A: Economic challenges/problems Barriers to international trade Inflation North-South relations Hegemony International famine ZONE B: Economically stable but with anticipated challenges Rapidly growing population Environmental degradation Diminishing economic growth Diminishing level of natural resources

Reactive research initiatives Universities and Colleges

Pro-active research initiatives (Universities and Colleges)

Academic linkages Recommendations reports Student exchanges Study abroad MOU Dev. Projects Joint research (Zone B & A)

Case study reports and guidelines

Fix the problem

Create solutions

The Brain Drain-brain Gain Question


Scholars have defined "brain drain", as the large-scale

emigration of a large group of individuals with technical skills or knowledge. The converse phenomenon is "brain gain", which occurs when there is a large-scale immigration of technically qualified persons. An opposite situation, in which many trained and talented individuals seek entrance into a country, is called a brain gain; this may create a brain drain in the nations that the individuals are leaving. Factors for brain drain include; social environment (in source countries: lack of opportunities, political instability, economic depression, health risks, etc.; in host countries: rich opportunities, political stability and freedom, developed economy, better living conditions, etc.). Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary, (2010).

Economic Effects of Brain drain on the Country of Origin


Horvat Vedran (2004) regards brain drain as an

economic cost, since emigrants usually take with them the fraction of value of their training sponsored by the government or other organizations. It is a parallel of capital flight, which refers to the same movement of financial capital. Brain drain is often associated with deskilling of emigrants in their country of destination, while their country of emigration experiences the draining of skilled individuals.

The Brain Drain-brain Gain Question


TECHNOCRATS

INDUSTRY UNIVERSITIES AND COLLEGES

INDUSTRY

UNIVERSITIES AND COLLEGES

BRAIN GAIN
TECHNOCRATS

BRAIN DRAIN

Economic Effects of Brain drain Cont..


With no academic linkages, technocrats from universities

and colleges can not be stopped since they will always have something to offer to another industry in need of the knowledge. With this, professionals not with other research institutions but the industries in other states they deem welcome. The irony is that most states are often at risk of suffering form both brain drain and brain gain. This is for the soul reason knowledge and approaches are not shared but solutions are directly sourced by the industry from any part of the world but not through the academic body because of limited linkages.

A short survey made in early May 99 with 22 SwissList Members


The first question asked was to evaluate the relevance of three

assets which have been mentionned as specific of Swiss-List members. The ratings vary from 1 (irrelevant) to 5 (very relevant)

Source: Laurent Mieville, May 2000 The main asset of swiss-listers is clearly the exposure to new economy. Being the "brain" as well as having an entrepreneur spirit may also be an asset but it is clearly not the most specific.

A short survey made in early May 99 with 22 Swiss-List Members Cont..


The second question asked was to evaluate the relevance of

four possible actions aiming in facilitating the return of Swiss abroad. Again, the ratings vary from 1 (irrelevant) to 5 (very relevant)

Actions aiming at improving direct contacts are preferred.

The use of scholarships to help to return are not the most favoured option. Laurent M. (2000)

A Case of China
Lam, Willy says China is now a rising star in the world stage.

With the rapid growth of GDP and the higher degree of openness towards the rest of the world, however, the brain drain is increasingly serious. According to the official Chinese media, 65,000 Chinese last year secured immigration or permanent resident status in the United States, 25,000 in Canada and 15,000 in Australia. Lam, W. (2010). The statistics China (sciencenet.cn.)shows an increasing trend of Chinese international students from 1978 to 2006, while the number of people returned to China also increased. However, the return rate fluctuated in those years.

Solution by Brain Circulation


Xiaonan Cao 1996) posits brain circulation as a counter-

factual to the idea of brain drain that entails a return of professionals with socialized important economic reforms.
UNIVERSITIES AND COLLEGES TECHNOLOGY TECHNOLOG Y UNIVERSITIES AND COLLEGES

ACADEMIC LINKAGES

INDUSTRY

RESOURCES

RESOURCE S

INDUSTRY

Solution by Brain Circulation Cont


With academic linkages playing a central role, this

socialization is able to take place without professionals having left their countries in the first place. As illustrated above, researchers are able to connect and share technology through linkages without losing touch with their local industries and in the long run percolate the technology into the industries they would have otherwise left.

Conclusion
Academic Linkages are instrumental in mutually

enriching the development human capital in an economy which is one of the determinants of Economic Growth as expressed in the model below: GDP=f(L,K, H) where GDP is a measure of Economic Growth or Aggregate production function, f is a functional relationship, L is Labour, K is Capital and H is the Human Capital (Lipsey and Crytal, 2006) which is an outcome of academic linkages. Romer (1990) came up with a model that has three sectors: a technology producing sector, an intermediate goods producing sector where capital goods are produced, and a final output producing sector.

Conclusion Cont
Academic linkages promote continuing education; Lin

(2004) found that higher education played a strong role in Taiwan's economic growth (1% rise in higher education led to 0.35% rise in industrial output and 0.15% rise in agricultural output). Collaboration among academic research organizations brings many benefits, including: Sharing of risk and cost for long-term research, Access to complementary capabilities, Access to specialized skills, Access to new suppliers and markets, Access to superior academic and technological facilities.

References
Boyer, E. 1996. The scholarship of engagement. Journal of

Public Service & Outreach 1(1): 11-20. Cervantes, Mario; Guellec, Dominique (January 2002). "The brain drain: Old myths, new realities". OECD Observer. Retrieved 2011-02-28. Horvat, Vedran: "Brain Drain. Threat to Successful Transition in South East Europe?"PDF (58.6 KB)In: Southeast European Politics, Volume V, Number 1, May 2004 Jaffe, Adam B. Technological Opportunity and Spillovers of R&D: Evidence from firms Patents profits and Market Value American Economic Review, December 1986 Jaffe, Adam B. Real Effects of Academic Research American Economic Review, December 1989

References Cont
Lam, Willy (August 5, 2010). "China's Brain Drain

Dilemma: Elite Emigration". The Jamestown Foundation. Retrieved 2011-02-28. Link, Alber N, and Rees John; Firm Size University Based Research and the Returns to R&D Small Business Economics, March 1990 Mansfield, Edwin, Comment on Using Linked Patent, R&D Data to Measure Research Industry Flows, in Zvi Griliches, ed. R&D Patents and Productivity; Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 1984, pp. 462

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