Quo Vadis, Higher Education

Francisco Esteban Bara


Ever since the run-up to the Bologna Declaration in 1999, higher education has been the subject of intense debate. Roughly speaking, there are two opposing views: whilst some advocate a higher education system that preserves its traditional focuses on humanistic and cultural excellence, others favour a higher education system geared at effectively and efficiently producing professionals well prepared to function in modern society. Both views feature strengths and weaknesses.
Meanwhile, neither on its own is able to sustain a model of higher education suited to post-modern times. We propose an alternative conception of post-modern higher education which combines aspects from each of these views, and overcomes some of their weaknesses.

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