A display at the Imperial War Museum North in Manchester.
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What does society want and need from the arts and humanities?
Navdeep Bains, Canada’s
innovation, science and economic development minister, takes part in a technology event in Ottawa in May 2017. The Canadian government has started up a $1.26-billion fund to support innovation-related business investments.
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If leaders of educational institutions are concerned about the employability of graduates, they should avoid over-investing in STEM subjects and stop snubbing liberal arts.
If the government expanded the new $73 million Student Work-Integrated Learning program to all students it could help tackle Canada’s most intractable social problems — such as homelessness, reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, affordable housing, social cohesion and intercultural understanding.
A new government program will create 10,000 work placements for undergraduates in only business and STEM subjects. Why not fund students to innovate in the social sector too?
African universities need to do much more to prepare graduates for the job market.
For decades, African universities have placed greater focus on what they teach, rather than how they teach it. But the job market now demands graduates that have been taught to think, not regurgitate
Marble statue of Roman Ceres or Greek Demeter.
The Romans inherited their idea of human nature from the Greeks.
The Greco-Roman society believed that people weren't born human, they became human. But how can humanity be defined?That's what the project of decolonising the humanities could be dedicated to.
Federico Barocci’s 1598 painting ‘Aeneas’ Flight from Troy.‘
As the United States bars its gates to newcomers, the 'Aeneid' – a story of war, exile, racial hatred and irrational fears – is particularly resonant.
President Ronald Reagan on stage with his wife Nancy, 1984.
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Trump's budget would eliminate the National Endowment for the Humanities, breaking a tradition of funding humanities scholarship that goes back to the nation's founding.
Students march at South Africa’s Stellenbosch University in 2015. They were seeking a legal right to be taught in English rather than Afrikaans.
Next year South Africa’s Stellenbosch University will celebrate its centenary. A recent conference to discuss the anniversary has reminded everyone present that knowledge is a fickle mistress.
It is easy to see the benefits from the advances we have made in physics, chemistry, engineering, computer science and the life sciences. Without these impressive leaps in understanding, we would not have…
Hungry children stretch out their hands at a Somalian refugee camp in 2011.
Talking about food is a productive way to understand a complex world. The dinner table is a place where the shame of poverty is most acutely experienced.
Professor Peter Higgs, joint winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics.
The unavoidable regime of publication pervades contemporary academic life across the world. While presented as a virtuous thing, it can actually suffocate the academic profession.
What will Trump’s higher ed plan mean for students?
What will a Trump presidency mean for America's 6,000 colleges and universities, as well as its over 20 million postsecondary students?
Is a fact-bound science curriculum enough to become a good scientist?
A scientist explains how a liberal arts education made 'subtle yet significant contributions' to his understanding of what science is, how it’s done, and how advancements are made.
Children’s learning improves across all areas when they get the chance to make and appreciate art.
Art education is an important vehicle for all sorts of learning and knowledge acquisition. Teachers must be taught not to view it as a "second class" subject.
What constitutes liberal arts?
University of Central Arkansas
It is those who know how to think nimbly, creatively and responsibly that end up building extraordinary careers.
There is beauty in mathematical ideas and proofs.
Poetry is at the heart of technology. Did not Pythagoras find the connections between beautiful music and mathematics?
A team of scholars are working to connect disciplines.
Separation of disciplines in academia hurts our ability to innovate and solve big problems.
Other windows onto the world are available.
Far from replacing the humanities, business education can embody liberal education in the universities of the future.
Detractors argue that decolonising the curriculum to include writers like Steve Biko (who was much admired by former president Nelson Mandela) will lower standards.
Evidence from an 18-month-old research project suggests that making elements of the Humanities curriculum more Afro-centric boosts student engagement.
Weighed down by history.
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Universities should drop the archaic idea of fixed terms and holidays in an effort to be more socially inclusive.