“Education is an important and lasting way in which university-affiliated think tanks can impact the world”
By connecting the worlds of the practitioner and the scholar, says Aaron McKeil of LSE IDEAS, think tanks – university-affiliated think tanks especially – act as conduits between the two.
They strive to convey concepts and ideas from academia to practice and to bring experience and insider knowledge from practice to academia. Research and working groups are some of the most common mediums for this activity, but education has an important function and role too.
Think tanks, especially university-affiliated think tanks, can provide education by conveying academic knowledge to practitioners, at various levels. They can also provide education by connecting students to the distinct type of expertise that professional practitioners can provide.