What are universities for?
The Conversation has run a series of articles under the general heading: ‘What are universities for?’. One of the most important contributions came from the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Canberra, separating himself from all the other Vice-Chancellors in his resistance to the push for privatisation of the sector. Over time, others followed his lead to criticise the elitist implications of the federal government’s reform proposals.
Other opinion leaders have recently contributed to a wider debate over universities and university education.
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What are academics for?
Two responses focussing on widening academic research impact are provided by Carol Nicoll (QUT) and Roger Scott (University of Queensland).