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...ealand Minister of Tertiary Education Steven Joyce that the protests ‘didn’t add up to me’ seemed naively innocent if not ignorant of global developments in the higher education sector. If there is a positive side to the financial crisis that came to public attention in late 2008 then it is in the dawning public recognition of the power of finance and its centrality not only to the economy, but to other aspects of life in societies in which...

...onous and entwined. Our current working environment doesn’t just have its origins in the 1980s US, or in late twentieth and early twenty-first century iterations of neoliberalism more generally, and while the so-called global financial crisis may have supplied (and may continue to supply) a rationale and pretext for further and accelerated changes, the lesson offered by Clark is that these patterns of institutional development can be traced back...

...undational in the sense that, from its very emergence, it has been propositional, rejecting the binary rubrics that structure typical political, economic and generational debate. These are the same rubrics that place powerful financial and political elite coalitions in constant opposition to debilitated unions and activist groups, with both sides adopting well-worn rhetorical frameworks. Indeed, the discourse adopted by the current protest moveme...

...word for private, idios. Idiotism therefore speaks of an age in which a deregulated market of private interests and its medium, the commodity form, have become the arbiters of all social value. Against this, and buoyed by the financial crisis of 2008, talk of a communist alternative has been on the rise as even mainstream commentators have difficulty hiding all that was correct in Karl Marx’s analysis of capital. While I would argue that the solu...

...more than """ + random.choice( ["$","£","€","¥"]) + str(random.randint(2,10)) + """ million a year to this university, continue to supply and demand numerous inten- tions which provide strong and stable long-term orientation. Financial security ensures that knowledge flows seamlessly in both directions and is aligned with strategic priorities and an unwavering customer focus. At the same time, our latest cost-benefit analysis demonstrates that ut...

...tal international networks (though they are sometimes encouraged to). Teachers teach in classes with students who define themselves as local participants. Between the ranking of Universities by ‘research excellence’ and, financially, by enrolments and endowments, there is the unmarked assumption of ‘teaching excellence’ which seemingly goes uncounted. Undergraduate classrooms, a primary ‘business’ of the University Generic, only enters the c...

...c ethnicity experience clear disadvantages within the New Zealand tertiary education’. The relationship of the university to society operates much like a contract— setting out the responsibilities of the university, the financial support to be given to the university, and the degree of autonomy and freedom grated to the university in order to fulfill these responsibilities. It was after all the public who gave these freedoms, and it is the...

...being achievable. Since, as Campus Compact has noted, research universities possess significant academic and social influence, world-class faculties, outstanding students, state-of-the-art research facilities and considerable financial resources, they are well-positioned to drive institutional and field-wide change relatively quickly, and in ways that ensure commitment to civic engagement for centuries to come....

...imagination, which has of course addressed numerous social crises in the past, is not negligible, however difficult it might be to measure in terms of economic—or social—outputs or outcomes. Indeed, the current global crises, financial, ecological, technological and military, suggest that teaching and learning is taking place in a global 'state of emergency'. We therefore advocate teaching the emergency in two senses: with these critical em...

...eativity and culture. The plan speaks of ‘scholarship’, ‘inclusiveness’ and ‘community’. As such, it exhibits strategies required in a world that is chastened, a little more reflexive and soft-footed, in the wake of recurrent financial crises, and its real implications are concealed by its affective surface. The community that is called into being by this plan, it turns out, is being consumerised and atomised all the while, with rankings and targ...

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