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VIRTUAL EVENT: Transforming University Education: A Manifesto book launch

24 September 2020, 2:00 pm–3:00 pm

Students walking up UCL library stairs

This book launch will offer an overview of the book’s argument and feature responses from three leading commentators on higher education research, policy and practice.

This event is free.

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All

Availability

Yes

Cost

Free

Organiser

Centre for Global Higher Education

What is a university degree for? What can it offer to students? Is it only about getting a job? How can we measure the quality of an undergraduate degree? 

In his newly published book, Paul Ashwin shows how, around the world, economic arguments have come to dominate our thinking about the purpose and nature of university education. 

He argues that we have lost a sense of the educational purposes of an undergraduate degree and the ways in which going to university can transform students’ lives. 

The book explores what is needed to reinvigorate our understanding of a university education. It challenges a series of myths related to the purposes, educational processes, and quality of an undergraduate education and argues that these myths have fuelled the current misunderstanding of the educational aspects of higher education. 

Speakers 

  • Paul Ashwin, Co-Investigator on CGHE’s global higher education engagement research programme and lead on CGHE’s local higher education engagement research programme.
  • Jenni Case, Co-Investigator on CGHE’s global higher education engagement research programme and CGHE’s local higher education engagement research programme.
  • Simon Marginson, Professor of Higher Education at the University of Oxford, Director of the ESRC/OFSRE Centre for Global Higher Education (CGHE), Joint Editor-in-Chief of Higher Education, and Lead Researcher with Higher School of Economics in Moscow.
  • Debbie McVitty, Editor at Wonkhe 

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