Imagining the university of the future

Morley, Louise (2010) Imagining the university of the future. In: Educational Research Seminar, 5th May, 2010, Manchester Metropolitan University.

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Higher education today is characterised by the hyper-modernisation of global, entrepreneurial, corporate universities and speeded up, nomadic public intellectuals. This is often underpinned by the archaism of globalised vectors of gender inequalities and elitist participation patterns. Change has been rapid and extreme. Public and private boundaries are less distinct and the value of higher education is in flux, with the policy logic of the knowledge economy challenged by the global economic recession. Counter hegemonic advocates did not necessarily predict the scale of neo-liberal/neo-conservative driven change. Traditionalists did not foresee the industrialisation and massification of higher education. The academic imaginary has often been harnessed to compliance, critique, and more recently, to survival. There have been limited opportunities to engage in futurology. Desire, as well as loss and threats, needs to be considered. Questions about the morphology of the university of the future seem to be eclipsed by pressing concerns in the present. What should the university of the future look like?

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Keynote)
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Education
Subjects: L Education
Depositing User: Gemma North
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2012 12:19
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2019 08:45
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