CHALLENGES FACING UNIVERSITIES EXPLORED BY UKZN ACADEMIC

CHALLENGES FACING UNIVERSITIES EXPLORED BY UKZN ACADEMIC

The Advance of Academic Capitalism in the Twenty-First Century: An Economic and Philosophical Account of the Challenges facing the University Today, is the title of UKZN Professor Garth Allen’s latest book.

Allen is an Honorary Research Fellow at the Leadership Centre.  The book explores the application of economics and philosophy to an understanding of universities as social, political and, above all, economic institutions.

It is Allen’s ninth book and his third concerning universities.   Earlier publications about universities were involved in assessing their regional impact and, more specifically, their economic impact, and were commissioned by the United Kingdom government.

His latest work draws on recent developments in economic philosophy to understand the ways in which universities behave, and how their professors and students want them to behave.

According to the publisher’s note, the book introduces the triumvirate of trust, risk and uncertainty, and applies these to features of university life the author has personally experienced, through teaching, management and research in universities over a period of 30 years.

‘The book aims to cast fresh perspectives on the nature and significance of universities in the lives of those who work and study in them, and in the well-being of nations.

‘The book also attempts to attract non-economists to a love of economics, and to remind, if necessary, students and professors of economics, that their discipline has the power to reveal unusual features of major social institutions, such as universities.’


author email : jumo@ukzn.ac.za