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Designing universities for the 21st century

July 5, 2016

THE DST-NRF CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE IN MATHEMATICAL AND STATISTICAL SCIENCES (CoE-MaSS) WOULD LIKE TO PRESENT

A SEMINAR BY
Prof Judy Backhouse
(School of Economics and Business Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg)

“Designing universities for the 21st century. Can we improve on the 19th century model?”

Friday, 08 July 2016
10h30-11h30

Broadcast live from:
Videoconferencing Facility, 1st Floor
Mathematical Sciences Building, Wits West Campus

How to connect to this seminar remotely:
You can connect remotely via Vidyo to this research seminar by clicking on this link:
http://wits-vc.tenet.ac.za/flex.html?roomdirect.html&key=y0SSOwFsvsidbzg4qFdWXvvQtyI
and downloading the Vidyo software before the seminar.

You must please join in the virtual venue (called “CoE Seminar Room (Wits)” on Vidyo) strictly between 10h00-10h15. No latecomers will be added.

Important videoconferencing netiquette: Once the seminar commences, please mute your own microphone so that there is no feedback from your side into the virtual room. During the Q&A slot you can then unmute your microphone if you have a question to ask the speaker.

Abstract:
The idea that a university necessarily combines both research and teaching originates in the 19th century reforms of the German university system, and is widely and strongly believed today. But is it appropriate for a 21st century South African university system? Perhaps it is time to question even this fundamental assumption about universities. This presentation unpacks the origins of the idea, compares conditions in 19th century Germany and 21st century South Africa, examines the purposes of universities and argues that the higher education sector would be better off with distinct institutions for teaching and research. I outline what such a system would look like and present steps that can be taken towards this scenario within the existing institutional structures, as well as changes that would be needed nationally to make it work.

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