Stuck in the middle

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I work in higher education. I have worked in an university ever since I’ve graduated and I still believe it’s a special place. Not in the sense of the elitist ivory tower but as an institution with a special mission and a civic, therefore, inclusive role.

Today I am attending a public conference on the diagnosis of the Portuguese research and innovation system: a SWOT analysis on the path to 2020. No new and foreign sounding concepts and ideas, and yet I feel like the Emma Bovary of higher education. Staring reality in disbelief and clinging somewhat desperately to my own romantic ideas of the University.