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Why are we here?

Posted by John Ross on November 20, 2007

For good or bad, everyone has a view about students.  What though, of views about universities – why do they exist; what should their purpose be?  So what do you think a university should do, or be? Is its primary purpose to be a training ground for the workplace?  Should universities aim to transform the self or to transfer knowledge – or a bit of both?

Chances are you’ll see universities as having a role to play in developing students’ skills.  However, what are the key skills that a graduate should have?  How important is it for graduates to be widely read; to question assumptions; to think critically or creatively; to argue logically and well; to be sceptical; to be able to themselves well in words and in writing?  What exactly are ‘the skills for the 21st Century’?   

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