The Commercialisation Of Knowledge Production Among Students Of The University Of Port Harcourt, Nigeria :the Praxis And Provisos.
Academic Leadership - Online Journal,
Vol. 8 No. 1 (2007): Vol-8-Issue-1-January-2007
In recent time, there had been an urgent need for the understanding of and a planned framework for the
introduction of the commercialization of knowledge production concept in our universities. Many
dimensions to this need had been attempted. This include drawing up new course descriptions or
revising the mix of the course subject portfolio. However, it is now becomes very obvious that such
development requires a good deal more than just looking into specific course contents, or setting up an
entrepreneurial centre and or introducing a course in entrepreneurial education as announced by
Baridam (2009) during the 25th Convocation Ceremony of the University of Port Harcourt.
The exact practice borne out of experience and the rapidly growing body of literatures on education
and teaching in innovations and the commercialization of knowledge productions all indicate that in this
particular field, the demands to be met differ greatly from developments in other fields. By exploring
indepths the frames that have to be changed, some fundamental conditions for the future of our
universities stand tall for them to become part of the current development known as the Global
Knowledge Economy (GKE). By attempting to take bearings of the exogenous conditions of the role of
the universities in the Global Knowledge Economy (GKE), and in particular how to interpret these
conditions for the future of the commercialization of knowledge production concept and how to evaluate
their effect on internal structures and processes, a look at the roles of the teacher in this all important
exercise becomes evident. Our point of departure is that teaching students to commercialize
knowledge production poses huge challenges to the context in which it takes place.