OECD: Head attacks university ‘conservatism’

EU“Traditional university faculties are too conservative and are standing in the way of progress as Europe’s education system struggles to become more innovative, the head of the OECD’s Centre for Educational Research and Innovation, Professor Dirk Van Damme, told a European Policy Centre debate last Tuesday. Van Damme said the current system of dividing knowledge into faculties should be broken up if Europe was to move to a new education system capable of equipping students with critical skills. ‘We should abolish faculties in universities. Faculties are the most conservative bulwarks against change. Europe must move to a radically different trans-disciplinary approach. Most of the interesting things happen on the boundaries of the discipline,’ he said …” (more)

[University World News, 5 April]

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