11 “Occupy Knowledge” for a democratic higher education


We often hear of the University being at a crossroads - an institution that has had to change because society has changed since the time of the now idealized view provided by Alexander Von Humboldt for the 19th century Prussian/German University. When extolling the virtues of the old university ideal of a community of scholars (teachers and students) engaging in the untrammeled pursuit of ‘truth’, we might well be providing an epitaph for a university that ‘was’, via an albeit elitist conception, but cannot ‘be’ any longer as society has changed.

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