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What are Universities For? [Format Kindle]

Stefan Collini
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An eloquent and impassioned book (Economist )

Collini is astute, analytical, and often killingly funny (Bevis Hillier Daily Telegraph )

Collini is that rare bird, a don who can be read with pleasure (Michael Barber Tablet, Books of the Year )

One of Britain's finest essayists and writers (Ronan McDonald The Times Higher Education Supplement )

[A] timely lecture for the coalition of dunces ... this is a closely argued defence (Independent on Sunday )

The book is a bit like some university courses. It is erudite, well argued, carefully researched, a fine addition to the debate about the purpose of university education (Scotsman )

[Collini is] stern and splendid in his brief history of the hot debate on useful versus useless knowledge (Fred Inglis Times Higher Education )

It is extremely well written: Collini's prose is lively, well-reasoned and persuasive. The book is a refreshing example of a faculty member engaging with the wider issues of higher education rather than perceiving them through the narrow prism of his own discipline ... a valuable, timely contribution to the discourse (Gerry Wrixon Irish Examiner )

A critique both pointed and witty (Howard Newby Independent )

Collini writes beautifully (Chris Patten Financial Times )

Collini puts his finger on the nub of the problem facing universities. Collini's book is a must-read (Ac Grayling Literary Review )

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Across the world, universities are more numerous than they have ever been, yet at the same time there is unprecedented confusion about their purpose and scepticism about their value. What Are Universities For? offers a spirited and compelling argument for completely rethinking the way we see our universities, and why we need them.

Stefan Collini challenges the common claim that universities need to show that they help to make money in order to justify getting more money. Instead, he argues that we must reflect on the different types of institution and the distinctive roles they play. In particular we must recognize that attempting to extend human understanding, which is at the heart of disciplined intellectual enquiry, can never be wholly harnessed to immediate social purposes - particularly in the case of the humanities, which both attract and puzzle many people and are therefore the most difficult subjects to justify.

At a time when the future of higher education lies in the balance, What Are Universities For? offers all of us a better, deeper and more enlightened understanding of why universities matter, to everyone.

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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Beaucoup de mots... 19 janvier 2013
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... pour rien. Un bon compte rendu des problèmes liés à l'éducation et à ses objectifs, mais aucune proposition pour y pallier.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Brilliant essays on the purposes of universities 17 juillet 2012
Par William Podmore - Publié sur
This brilliant and witty book indicts successive British governments' disastrous policies towards our universities. Their policies for higher education threaten Britain's economic, social, political and cultural life.

Between 1989 and 1997 the Labour government cut university funding per student by 36 per cent. In 1998 the Labour government introduced student fees and cut maintenance grants.

The Browne Report of 2010 and the White Paper of 2011 are the only two major policy documents on higher education in the last 50 years which did not call higher education a public good. The government wants us to think of university education as an investment in `personal capital' for private gain.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 concise and direct 26 février 2014
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Directly tackles the standard nonsense that sees university training as (a) solely vocational, "for the economy" of either the student personally or of "society", and (b) mainly, or solely, a matter of learning a bunch of facts. Asks the obvious question: "what's the economy for?" Discusses the value of actually thinking, seeking to understand, appreciating beauty of many kinds, and of formulating and wrestling with questions that can never be completely answered. Notes how the assessment of creative work (of all kinds) depends on the time and place of the assessment as well as on the work itself. A bit more about science and mathematics could have been good - many of the great people in these fields were not motivated mainly by "the economy" either.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Good analysis of a very important issue 21 septembre 2013
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Colleges and universities are undergoing internal and external examination like I have never seen in my 40 years of teaching in an elite private research university. Collini does a good job of giving a brief background of higher education followed by less focused analysis of the current state. It is probably as unbiased and fair as could be written by someone with as much experience and and interest as he has. His presentation can be a bit tedious, but his content is solid. Every faculty member, administrator, and board member of a college or university, public or private, should read this book. Every politician or citizen who feels higher education is central to the future of our society should read the book. Another important book with a somewhat different spin is: College, What it was, Is, and Should Be by Delbanco. You might also read Bok's Higher Education in America and/or Higher Education in the digital Age by William Bowen.

This increase in interest and conversation is exciting and important. An old and venerable institution is changing and it really needs to be done right. But, before we can answer that questions, we need to make sure to pose the question properly and that is what Collini is trying to provide the background for.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Interesting Piece of Polemic 2 novembre 2012
Par Dr. Laurence Raw - Publié sur
Written from the point of view of an embattled British academic trying to survive in a culture where government funding has been stopped for the humanities, WHAT ARE UNIVERSITIES FOR? calls for a return to what might be described as humanist values: a university education cannot always be measured in financial terms, but should be judged in terms of learner development. Any government minister involved in higher education should be forcibly ordered to read this book.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Esoteric information 25 mars 2013
Par Robin - Publié sur
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I found this work a bit to esoteric for my liking. It is well written but not quite what I was looking for. I would recommend it to all academics with plenty of time on their hands.
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