Research university

A research university is a university that expects all its tenured and tenure-track faculty to continuously engage in research, as opposed to merely requiring it as a condition of an initial appointment or tenure. [1] Such universities can be recognized by their high level of research, massive publication output, and sheer volume of high-profile inventions, discoveries, and/or creations. Higher education institutions which are not research universities (or do not aspire to that designation) instead place more emphasis on teaching or other aspects of tertiary education, and their faculties are under less pressure to publish or perish. The concept of the modern research university first arose in Germany, and to date has developed to its most advanced extent in the United States, whose large research universities are dominant in most international college and university rankings.


  1. ^ Pelikan, Jaroslav (1992). The Idea of the University: A Reexamination. New Haven: Yale University Press. p. 76. ISBN  9780300058345. Retrieved 13 January 2017.