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The future of research transparency at Canada’s universities

By Emily Eaton      

We will only make our universities more transparent by working to reduce corporate partnerships and industry links, for a university that acts like a corporation cannot be transparent at all.

Corporate partnerships are not new to Canadian universities. Academics have been sounding the alarm bell about their influence on research and teaching in Canada since at least the early 1900s. But as the proportion of university operating grants provided by the public diminishes and tuition fees gain increasing importance, our universities are reorienting themselves away from their public missions, writes Emily Eaton. Image courtesy of Pixabay

Can we call a university that enters into secret research agreements with corporations and refuses to disclose these activities a public-serving institution?

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