http://i.forbesimg.com/assets/img/forbes_logo/forbes_logo_white.pngBy Alejandro Chafuen. Think tanks and the academy, in all likelihood, were united at birth.   When Plato started his famous academy, his goals included deep philosophical discussions and leadership training.  His academy lasted approximately nine centuries (400 B.C.-529 A.D.).  The oldest university within Western traditions, the University of Bologna was started in 1088 out of the demands and needs of a collection (a university) of foreign students. Read more...