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Student Conference Warsaw, Sept. 2008 Some thoughts on the student thoughts Stavros A. Zenios UNICA President Rector, University of Cyprus.

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1 Student Conference Warsaw, Sept Some thoughts on the student thoughts Stavros A. Zenios UNICA President Rector, University of Cyprus

2 Student Thoughts

3 Formal part John Kenneth Galbraith, The Affluent Society: We produce in sufficient quantity goods and services John Kenneth Galbraith, The Affluent Society: We produce in sufficient quantity goods and services Virtuous circle for economic development Virtuous circle for economic development –Consumption –Production –Employment –Increased wealth –Consumption Marketing Marketing Built-in-obsolescence Built-in-obsolescence YouTube, The Story of Stuff YouTube, The Story of Stuff

4 Knowledge-Innovation-Economic growth Technology Technology Basic and applied research Basic and applied research Vocational and academic Vocational and academic Immigration and diversity Immigration and diversity Sciences and humanities Sciences and humanities –Sciences and engineering create wealth –Humanities create the social cohesion –Resources to acquire stuff –Those stuff that make life better

5 Students as co-producers of knowledge Theory X and Theory Y: The carrot and the stick Theory X and Theory Y: The carrot and the stick We are on the same side We are on the same side Pitfalls Pitfalls –Good for students – difficult for professors –Good for students – difficult for students –Good for professors – difficult for students How to decide: How to decide: –What is good for quality of education?

6 Informal part Vicious circle: Consumption-Production-Employment-Wealth-consumption Vicious circle: Consumption-Production-Employment-Wealth-consumption Limited natural resources Limited natural resources –ENERGY –ENVIRONMENT Limited time Limited time –Fast food –Fast sex –Quick high –I can get no satisfaction Vicious circle eats into our Happiness Vicious circle eats into our Happiness

7 Informal part Search for balance Search for balance Conflicts are part of human state Conflicts are part of human state Join the Slow Food Club Join the Slow Food Club Why should we eat bananas year round? Why should we eat bananas year round? Move your TV to the second floor Move your TV to the second floor The secret of a happy marriage: The secret of a happy marriage: –low expectations.

8 Political Future Political Future Win Europe Win Europe Russia Russia

9 Thanks students Thanks moderators Thanks University of Warsaw


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