For many people, universities remain institutions embodying past imperial practices. Universities have an important role to play in society, and they must do so with society.
Education should equip people not just with specific skills, but also with the knowledge they need to be citizens, and for occupations in which they can develop across the course of their lives.
Universities can only credibly claim to be preparing young people for their futures if they take into account the kind of world they are helping to bring about.
Australia has a long history of international student education, spurred on by government policy.
This essay explores the way the social contract between universities, society and the state has changed over the course of the 20th century. And how generations of students paid and benefitted.