Lone Genius or Swarm Intelligence? Myths about Germany’s Sponsorship of Research Institutes

  • Justin J.W. Powel University of Luxembourg
  • David P. Baker Pennsylvania State University, University of Luxembourg
Keywords: Germany, Higher education, university, research insitute, research policy

Abstract

Countries around the world have emulated Germany’s model of the university devoted to research-based teaching. The independent, extra-university research institute led by a leading “genius” scientist was also developed in Germany. In recent decades, Germany’s research budget and science system continue to be split between its universities, which are relatively underresourced, and institutes enjoying favored sponsorship and significant funding. We argue that Germany could be even more productive with stronger support for the research university.

Author Biographies

Justin J.W. Powel, University of Luxembourg

Justin J.W. Powell is professor of sociology of education at the University of Luxembourg. Email: justin.powell@uni.lu.

David P. Baker, Pennsylvania State University, University of Luxembourg

David P. Baker is professor of sociology, education and demography at Pennsylvania State University and guest professor at the University of Luxembourg. Email: dpb4@psu.edu.

Published
2021-07-12
How to Cite
Powel, J., & Baker, D. (2021). Lone Genius or Swarm Intelligence? Myths about Germany’s Sponsorship of Research Institutes. International Higher Education, (107), 30-31. Retrieved from https://ejournals.bc.edu/index.php/ihe/article/view/14575
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