Universities have always played a crucial role in societal change in their communities, nations and internationally. As the challenges for societies have increased in complexity, the roles and responsibilities of government and civil society roles have changed and evolved. Isn’t it therefore time for universities also to change their role and responsibilities? Shouldn’t their core mission now include actively leading and driving changes in society?
The motion before the audience is ‘Universities have a legitimate core mission to lead and drive societal change. This ‘third’ mission must have parity with their teaching and research missions’.
The debate follows on from the British Council Global Education Dialogue ‘Universities as agents of social change’ held in the Philippines in 2014.