Book launch: Professor Simon Marginson argues that higher education has a key role in rebuilding social solidarity and mobility in fractured societies.
Date: 02/12/2023 – 02/12/2023
In the last half century higher education has moved from the fringe
to the centre of society and accumulated a long list of functions. In
the English-speaking world, Europe and much of East Asia more than two
thirds of all school students enter tertiary education.
Bulging at the seams, universities are meant to be fountains of new
knowledge, engines of prosperity and innovation, drivers of regional
growth, skilled migration and global competitiveness, and makers of
equality of opportunity.
Yet universities cannot drive prosperity on their own and they can do
little to stop rising income inequality, which is shaped by taxation
policy and income determination in the workplace. Worse, the growing
emphasis on the private benefits of higher education, without regard for
its public benefits, has positioned the higher education sector as
elite forming, as a maker of social inequality rather than a corrective
In short, governments expect both too much and too little of higher
education, and its contribution to the common good is being eroded. Yet
this sector can play a key role in rebuilding social solidarity and
mobility in fractured societies.
Higher education and the common good is published by Melbourne University Press (MUP), and is available in hardback, paperback and as an e-book.
Drinks will be served
Venue: Clarke Hall, UCL Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way,London,WC1H 0AL