What Are Universities For?

What Are Universities For?

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Synopsis

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.

Book information

ISBN: 9781846144820
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint: Penguin Books
Pub date:
DEWEY: 378.001
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: 215
Weight: 182g
Height: 188mm
Width: 198mm
Spine width: 9mm