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What are Universities For? -- Paperback: Collini, Stefan: BOOKS KINOKUNIYA
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What are Universities For? -- Paperback
What are Universities For? -- Paperback
Publisher : Penguin Books Ltd
Published Date : 2012/02
Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9781846144820

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Book Description
Review:
Times Literary Supplement March 9, 2012 No.5684
Table of Contents
 
Introduction                                       ix
  PART ONE
    1 The Global Multiversity?                     3  (17)
    2 Universities in Britain: A Very Short        20 (19)
    History
    3 The Useful and the Useless: Newman           39 (22)
    Revisited
    4 The Character of the Humanities              61 (25)
    5 The Highest Aspirations and Ideals:          86 (29)
    Universities as a Public Good
  PART TWO
      Prologue: Occasions for Advocacy             115(5)
    6 Bibliometry                                  120(12)
    7 The Business Analogy                         132(21)
    8 HiEdBizUK                                    153(15)
    9 Impact                                       168(10)
    10 Browne's Gamble                             178(17)
Epilogue: A Complex Inheritance                    195(6)
References                                         201(6)
Acknowledgements                                   207(2)
Index                                              209
 

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 skepticism 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.