A Prospective Vision for Universities: The Role of the Technology Transfer Units and Distance Education
Universidad Tecnica Particular De Loja
Universities, as institutions, were born in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries out of the spirit of monastic study and cathedral schools and their linkage to social society. Notable and relevant elements of the times were: a cultural blossoming; the incipient bourgeoisie; and the real necessity to have a professional status to access public administrative positions in, among other cities, Bologna, Paris, Salamanca, Coimbra, Oxford, Cambridge, Salerno, Montpellier, and Leuven. These and other places were the first to witness this unique birth, practically simultaneously (Borrero Cabal, A. 1997). // Already at its inception the great mission of the university was expressed in words similar to these: // Seek the truth // And educate man // By means of science, // So he can serve society. // As an institution, the university has come a long way to reach the dawn of the twenty-first century, where it plays a salient role within the universal historical context. There are currently more than 10,000 universities and university-like institutions of different categories. Their intermingling with society is so varied that we could say that the university is now one of the key reference points of the culture of knowledge in which we find ourselves.