Being a humble servant to business will be a disaster for everyone

UK“By insisting our universities’ sole role is to fire the economy, we have lost sight of their more civilising purpose. For some time now, the fundamental aims of a university education have been in jeopardy; and, in this time of financial crisis, the betrayal of those aims needs to be addressed. The threat comes from a Government that closed the Department for Education, and from a supine Higher Education Funding Council for England and Universities UK, who see their role as managing government priorities rather than representing, within those priorities, the realities of education. Behind all this lies the mantra that universities are a form of ‘business’. That way disaster lies …” (more)

[Thomas Docherty, Times Higher Education, 4 June]

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