Repurposing the university in the 21st century : Toward a progressive global vision

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Patomäki , H O 2019 , ' Repurposing the university in the 21st century : Toward a progressive global vision ' , Globalizations , vol. 16 , no. 5 , pp. 751-762 . https://doi.org/10.1080/14747731.2019.1578533

Title: Repurposing the university in the 21st century : Toward a progressive global vision
Author: Patomäki, Heikki Olavi
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Political Science
Date: 2019-07-29
Language: eng
Number of pages: 12
Belongs to series: Globalizations
ISSN: 1474-7731
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/303890
Abstract: The purpose of the contemporary university has been redefined across the world in terms of success in global competition, usefulness for moneymaking, and efficiency, meaning application of New Public Management ideas. My aim is to sketch an alternative and future-oriented ethico-political conception of the university to serve counterhegemonic purposes. First I discuss briefly the Humboldtian myth and legacy. Second, I summarize Jürgen Habermas’s analysis of the historical and practical limits of the idea of the university. Third, in response to Habermas’s criticism, I outline a nonspeculative, scientific realist way of understanding the unity of all sciences and humanities. Fourth, I locate the idea of the university in the twenty-first century global context, understood in part as world risk society. And finally, I argue that the autonomy of the university should be anchored in the rules, principles and institutional arrangements of multi-spatial metagovernance, rather than just those of territorial states. The future of the university calls for new cosmopolitan institutional solutions and world citizenship.
Subject: 517 Political science
Collective learning
emergence
future
Humboldt
neoliberalism
university
world risk society
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