By Charles M. Vest

In his fourteen years as president of MIT, Charles Vest labored always to achieve his imaginative and prescient of rebuilding America's belief in technology and know-how. In a time whilst the government dramatically diminished its investment of educational learn courses and shifted its R&D assets into the temporary product-development method, Vest known as for brand spanking new partnerships with enterprise and govt. He known as for universities to satisfy the highbrow demanding situations posed by way of the innovation-driven, globally hooked up wishes of whilst he reaffirmed simple educational values and the continued desire for longer-term medical inquiry.In Pursuing the never-ending Frontier, Vest addresses those and different concerns in a sequence of essays written in the course of his tenure as president of MIT. He discusses the examine university's have to shift to a broader, extra overseas outlook, the worth of variety within the educational neighborhood, the better management function for college outdoor the study room, and the boundless chance of recent clinical and technological advancements even if coupled with monetary constraints. within the provocative essay "What we do not Know," Vest reminds us of what he calls "the most crucial aspect of all," that technological know-how is pushed via a deep human have to comprehend nature, to reply to the "big questions" -- that what we do not be aware of is extra very important than what we do. In one other essay, at the way forward for MIT, he celebrates MIT's strengths as being terribly well-suited to the wishes of an period of unheard of swap in technological know-how and know-how. In "Disturbing the tutorial Universe: Universities within the electronic Age -- Dinosaurs or Prometheans," he describes MIT's leading edge OpenCourseWare initiative, which builds at the primary nature of the net as an permitting and releasing technology.Vest, who's stepping down from MIT's presidency within the fall of 2004, writes with readability and perception in regards to the matters dealing with educational associations within the twenty-first century. His essays in Pursuing the unending Frontier supply suggestion to educators and researchers looking the way in which forward.

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