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Universities for a New World
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Universities for a New World takes the centenary of the Association of Commonwealth Universities in 2013 as a point of departure to explore what the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has evocatively termed the international 'Academic Revolution' in modern higher education. The book features critical and interrelated essays on that protean global 'revolution' in higher education provision - the gains as well as the losses. Transformation may have been inevitable, but progress towards greater participation rates has not always been followed with quality service to students or the society at large. Measuring those changes to universities since 1913 is inherently difficult as they are also still proceeding apace. The book accordingly also offers informed perspectives on the complex future(s) of universities in the 21st century - in which, paradoxically, further change is likely to be the only constant. The social sample considered in the book is focused on the 54 jurisdictions of the worldwide 'Commonwealth of Nations' - but with connectional comparisons and connections to broader international developments in higher education. And, at a time when 'networks' have become a critical feature of higher educational developments, this book explores the utility of a global associative membership group through the capacity-building role of this oldest of global university networks (1913-2013).
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Foreword: 'Commonwealth of Learning': A Personal Perspective - Thomas H B Symons Foreword: A Transformative Journey: The ACU Network at 100 - E Nigel Harris Preface Introduction: Why Universities? Anatomy of Global Change for Old and New Universities - Deryck M Schreuder I: HISTORY: NETWORK AND `NEW WORLD' Prelude Out of Empire: The Universities' Bureau and the Congresses of the Universities of the British Empire, 1913 - 36 - Tamson Pietsch After Empire: The `London Model' Transformed since the Second World War - Graeme Davies and Svava Bjarnason Knowledge Nations: Making the Global University `Revolution' - Svava Bjarnason and Graeme Davies From `Imperial Bureau' to `International Network', 1913 - 2013: Capacity-building in a Global Era - John Kirkland and Nicholas Mulhern II: TRANSFORMATIONS: INSTRUMENTS AND SYMBOLS OF CHANGE IN HIGHER EDUCATION Prelude Q: Will E-Learning Disrupt Higher Education? A: Massively! - John Daniel, Asha Kanwar and Stamenka Uvalic-Trumbic Equity and Leadership: Evaluating the ACU's Gender Programme and Other Global Initiatives - Jasbir Singh and Dorothy Garland Quality Assurance: Practice and Critique - David Woodhouse International Student Mobility: Lessons from the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan - Hilary Perraton Developing Policy Priorities in Access, Equity and Excellence: An Agenda for Tertiary Change - Peter Williams III : `IMPACT': REGIONAL CASE STUDIES IN ACCESS, EQUITY AND SOCIAL CHANGE Prelude Out of Africa: The University Ideal Faces Challenge and Change - Michael Omolewa Asia: Higher Education in India and Pakistan: Common Origin, Different Trajectories - Pawan Agarwal `Dominion' Legacies: The Australian Experience - Julia Horne and Geoffrey Sherington Small States: Higher Education in the English-speaking Caribbean - E Nigel Harris IV: PROSPECT: UNIVERSITY FUTURES Prelude The Rise of `Postmodern' Universities? The Power of Innovation - Michael Gibbons Looking Forward: Reflections for Universities in the Twenty-first Century - Colin Lucas Mission Impossible? The Challenge of `Institutional Character' for Twenty-first Century Universities - John Wood V: APPENDICES OF DATA Appendix 1: ACU Membership: 1931 - 2012 Appendix 2: Profiles of ACU Executive Officers (Secretary/Secretary-General): 1913 - Index

About the Author

Deryck M Schreuder is an international historian and Visiting Professor, Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney. He was a Rhodes Scholar to Oxford from Central Africa, and has worked in eight Commonwealth universities (in Africa, the UK, Canada, and Australia). He was Challis Professor of History at the University of Sydney, before becoming Vice-Chancellor of the University of Western Sydney, and later Vice-Chancellor of the University of Western Australia. He was President of the Australian Vice-Chancellors' Committee in 2002-04. He has published (with Stuart Ward) the 'Australia' volume in the Oxford History of the British Empire Series (2nd ed., 2010).

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[The book] is a highly interesting and useful addition to the literature of higher education. -- Contemporary education dialogue

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