Whose interests should universities serve?

“The expert panel for the review of Australian higher education has recommended changes to improve the sector’s service to most students and the general community, and has concentrated remediation on the groups under-represented in higher education and the rural areas that are under-served and under-represented. Promoters of the universities with the biggest research budgets, including Marginson, want the government to support their aspiration to join the international research top league. This serves the interests of top researchers and the elite universities chosen for special government support, but it is not clear that it would serve the general community. What evidence is there that trickle down works any better for research than it does for general economic development? …” (more)

[Keith Nuthall, University World News, 18 January]

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