What should universities be?
In November 2018, we held a symposium called ‘What should universities be?’ where we sought to clarify what universities should be and to identify the changes required in public perception, industry connections, and government policy that affects universities.
Our premise was that Australia and other modern societies increasingly need academically well-functioning universities. Students and their academic teachers form the core of every university, but corporatised university businesses now largely disregard this, with detrimental effects on academic life and the ability to undertake high quality research and teaching. The symposium was held in the New Law School Building on Camperdown Campus.
During the two-day symposium we covered:
- the university in society
- the current state of affairs and problem areas
- what intellectual capital is
- academic standards worth maintaining
- future students, teaching and research
- what the role of management is
- how much management and how many administrators are necessary
- selection criteria for the ideal Vice-Chancellor
- resolutions on scholarship and education.
Presentations and resources
|How professors ceded their authority – article||Chad Wellmon, the Chronicle of Higher Education|
|Empty administration – article||André Spicer, the Guardian|
|Professor Richard Fisher|