Category: Innovation and Entrepreneurship

A Faustian Bargain for Academia?

Posted by Jay on October 12th, 2006

"When you’re working with the ultimate driving machine, you have to keep on your toes," said James F. Barker, President of Clemson University, as quoted in the New York Times a few weeks ago.

Having forged an alliance with BMW a few years ago to build an International Center for Automotive Research, Clemson has much to look forward to. After all, BMW has already contributed $10 million towards the building of a $1.5 billion center devoted to automobile research and education.

But there are some strings attached.

BMW wanted approval rights over the school’s architectural look, it provided Clemson with profiles of its ideal students, and it gave Clemson a list of professors and specialists that it considered suitable. BMW meets monthly to provide guidance on the curriculum in this graduate engineering program, and it reviews student papers to make sure that proprietary information does not get submitted for publication.

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