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Well done, Professor Hopeton Dunn

A frequently voiced complaint is that our institutes of higher learning, in particular our universities, are not making a worthwhile contribution to policy issues and are not informing public discourse about the problems confronting Jamaica. The complaint is two-fold: first, that research at our universities is academic and has little practical relevance and second, that the universities are simply not doing enough research.

This complaint is ironic in a society that does not sufficiently value research, judged by the minute percentage of GDP devoted to scientific research and the paucity of private sector-funded research. Indeed, the society needs to place much more value on scholarship and give comparative treatment to our scholars as we do for our sport and entertainment stars.

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