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Submitted by janusz Kowalik (United States), Sep 20, 2007 at 12:47

Academics must have the freedom to investigate, do research and offer results to the public. On the other hand they must be responsible for education and disposition of funding that supports them. In some fields like mathematics, the freedom of research is not controversial and creates no problems.

In political sciences the situation is very different. Here there are urgent national needs that academics can not ignore. Every university should be open to inputs from the public and in its governance should be guided by some of these inputs. Universities must accept that they have an important national mission and that their customer is the nation .They are accountable to the public .

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