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On the Purpose of a University Education Luciano Boschiero

On the Purpose of a University Education

Luciano Boschiero

Published February 2013
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137 pages
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Universities in the twenty-first century are changing dramatically. Amid unprecedented growth, casualised lecturers, and administrators concerned with profit, we must pause to ask: What should be the universitys goal in offering a degree and theMoreUniversities in the twenty-first century are changing dramatically. Amid unprecedented growth, casualised lecturers, and administrators concerned with profit, we must pause to ask: What should be the universitys goal in offering a degree and the students aim when obtaining one? In short, what is the purpose of a university education?The answers lie at the historical and philosophical heart of Western education, the Liberal Arts—the theoretical sciences and humanities aimed at the attainment of wisdom and a critical mind. With their roots in Classical Greece and their shaping of Europes and Australias first universities, we cannot afford to ignore the importance of the Liberal Arts to the purpose of a university and its contribution to culture and society.