Unfortunately, in modern ICT-based societies universities seem to play more and more passive roles in politics at least in the developing countries and parts of the developed countries. Trying to be neutral does not mean isolation and passive engagement in society matters which politics are major drivers for socio-economic changes. Corporate media and politically biased groups are becoming much more active and powerful in changing the political landscape in societies whereas universities, for some reasons, prefer to be observers “watch and see” with minor impacts. Indeed, the enormous knowledge at universities and research institutions are not promoted and implemented effectively to bring about immediate changes in societies, and benefits for their citizens.
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