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What role should universities play in today’s society?

Young people today will need to be more flexible and more entrepreneurial than in the past. Universities can help by designing courses that will have value in a rapidly changing economy.
Universities, journals and academics are increasingly concerned about the attempts of some industries to distort the science. lipik/Shutterstock

When industry-sponsored research is on the nose

A tin pot dictator plunders billions from his blighted nation’s treasury. Sensing he’ll soon be exiled, amid public relations fanfare, he offers ill-gotten millions to a local university for a new school…
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Should students pay different fees for university courses?

Students currently pay higher fees for courses that lead to jobs with typically higher wages. But not all students find, or want, a job in their area of study. Should all students then pay the same amount for their university degree?
Professor Peter Higgs, joint winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics. Russell Cheyne/Reuters

Pressure to publish is choking the academic profession

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.
University education has paid a rate of return of around 15%. from www.shutterstock.com

Higher education pays for itself many times over

Not only does higher education build the economy's skills and knowledge, but that it pays for itself and much else many times over.
Under a demand driven system, poor students are finding more opportunities to attend university. from www.shutterstock.com

Uncapping of university places has not failed disadvantaged students

While on the face of it a 1.5% increase in the number of disadvantaged students going to university might seem minimal, in real terms this is genuinely significant.

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