The University in Transformation

Global Perspectives on the Futures of the University

by Sohail Inayatullah, Jennifer Gidley


Leading scholars examine the future of the university based upon historical and emerging issues and trends.

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January 2000


Pages 280
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Current Events and Issues/Education
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Taking a long-term historical and future perspective on the university is critical at this time. The university is being refashioned, often by forces out of the control of academics, students, and even administrators. However, there remain possibilities for informed action, for steering the directions that the university can take. This book maps both the historical factors and the alternative futures of the university. Whereas most books on the university remain focused on the European model, this volume explores models and issues from non-Western perspectives as well.

Inayatullah and Gidley draw together essays by leading academics from a variety of disciples and nations on the futures of the university, weaving historical factors with emerging issues and trends such as globalism, virtualization, multiculturalism, and politicization. They attempt to get beyond superficial debate on how globalism and the Internet as well as multiculturalism are changing the nature of the university, and they thoughtfully assess these changes.

Table of Contents

IntroductionThe University in Transformation: Globalization, Multiculturalism, Virtualization and Politicization by Sohail Inayatullah and Jennifer GidleyWestern Perspectives on the Futures of the UniversityUniversity Traditions and the Challenge of Global Transformation by Philip SpiesHigher Education at the Brink by Peter ManicasWill the Future Include Us? Reflections of a Practitioner of Higher Education by Deane NeubauerThe Virtual University and the Professoriate by Michael SkolnikThe Futures for Higher Education: From Bricks to Bytes to Fare Thee Well by Jim DatorWhy Pay for a College Education? by Tom AbelesOf Minds, Markets and Machines: How Universities might transcend the Ideology of Commodification by David Rooney and Greg HearnAt the Edge of Knowledge-Towards Polyphonic Multiversities by Paul WildmanNon-Western Perspectives on the Futures of the UniversityRecovery of Indigenous Knowledge and Dissenting Futures of the University by Ashis NandyPakistani Universities: Past, Present, and Future by Tariq RahmanCivilizing the State: the University in the Middle East by Shahrzad MojabScholar Activism for a New World: The Future of the Caribbean University by Anne Hickling-HudsonInternationalizing the Curriculum-for Profit or the Planet? by Patricia KellyAlternative UniversitiesThe Crisis of the University: Feminist Alternatives for the 21st Century and Beyond by Ivana MilojevicHomo Tantricus: Tantra as an Episteme for Future Generations by Marcus BusseyUniversities Evolving: Advanced Learning Networks and Experience Camps by Patricia NicholsonConsciousness-Based Education: A Future of Higher Education in the New Millennium by James GrantTransformations of the UniversityCorporate Networks or Bliss for All: The Politics of the Futures of the University by Sohail InayatullahUnveiling the Human Face of University Futures by Jennifer GidleySelected Bibliography



Editors Inayatullah and Gidley have created a solid collection of significant if tantalizing essays....The book, well organized and edited, will be especially valuable for graduate students in postsecondary education.—Choice

The editors provide an overview of the history of the academe from both a western and eastern perspective, as well as an in-depth discussion of current trends and emerging issues. They contest current assumptions regarding the future by offering alternative possibilities. They weave these themes together to arrive at several alternative futures in the hope that their book impacts the policy debates concerning the future of the university.—NACADA Journal

Important issues and valuable material for anyone with a specialist interest in the subject.—Long Range Planning

Inayatullah and Gidley have edited a book that breaks the frame of more conventional approaches and poses a number of wider civilizational questions that should concern everyone. They have assembled a group of scholars who collectively span a very broad array of cultures and circumstances. In so doing, they breathe fresh air into an all-too-often stultified arena.... [I]t is certainly a book that should be read and pondered upon by all those seeking more vibrant alternatives for currently hard-pressed universities.—Foresight


This book is admirably comprehensive. Its authors look at the impact on universities of all the major trends of our times. Even better, they go beyond the usual western focus and attempt a genuine world view. A very stimulating contribution to the debate.—Sir John Daniel^LVice-Chancellor^LThe Open University

Sohail Inayatullah and Jennifer Gidley have responded to the present crises of higher education by bringing together a must-read collection of papers. Firmly grounding their work on past trends, both the Western and Non-Western authors of these papers challenge conventional thinking as they explore possible, probable, and preferable futures for the university. A first-rate piece of work that might help us avoid a potential coming educational catastrophe.—Professor Wendell Bell^LEmeritus Professor of Sociology^R^LYale University

This book is a `must' reading for all professionals in higher education and those policy makers who have influence upon the direction of higher education in the U.S. as well as other countries....While thoughtful in insight, it is also practical in ideas. Anyone who reads it will come away with the importance of higher education and its role in building a global society where humanity will ultimately prevail.—Professor Glenn K. Miyataki^LPresident, The Japan-America Institute of Management Science^LHonolulu, Hawaii

...^IUniversity in Transformation^R is highly recommended as an engaging, informative, and visionary text for those concerned with the critical role of universities in personal and national development in the 21st century.—Professor Robert Arnove^LProfessor of International and Comparative Education^LIndiana University, Bloomington

A very impressive collection... This book arrives just-in-time for universities that want a future.—Gordon Prestoungrange^LGlobal President, International Management Centers (IMC)

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