Shift to Applied Research Triggers Protests

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Sean Kilpartick, The Canadian Press

Canadian scientists rally in Ottawa for restoring research spending.

What is the purpose of university research? Should it be driven by intellectual curiosity or focused on satisfying immediate national needs? American higher education has long grappled with those questions, and today it is a global debate. Academics worldwide are becoming more vocal about their concerns.

Many agree that a proper balance can be struck between research that has an immediate benefit to the economy and research that opens