The Transdisciplinary Evolution of the University Condition for Sustainable Development

  • Basarab Nicolescu


If the universities intend to be valid actors in sustainable development they have first to recognize the emergence of a new type of knowledge—transdisciplinarity knowledge—that is complementary to traditional, disciplinary knowledge. This process implies a necessary multidimensional opening of the University: towards the civil society, towards the other places of production of the new knowledge, towards cyber-space-time, towards the aim of universality, and towards a redefinition of the values governing its own existence.



This paper was presented at the International Association of Universities (IAU)1 Fourth Mid-Term conference ‘The Universities’ Responsibilities to Society’, held at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand, 12–14 November 1997.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Basarab Nicolescu
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  1. 1.Centre International de Recherches et Etudes Transdisciplinaire (CIRET)ParisFrance

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