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The Australian Idea of a University

The Australian Idea of a University Reference Book reviews Hirst, J.B. (2000), The Sentimental Nation: The making of the Australian Commonwealth, Oxgord University Press, Melbourne. Edited by Glyn Davis Melbourne University Press Carlton 170pp. ISBN: 9780522871746 (pbk), 9780522871746 (ebook) Keywords Managerialism, Neoliberalism, Australian universities Review DOI 10.1108/HER-03-2018-0009 Glyn Davis, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Melbourne, is an influential and frequent participant in Australian public debate – such as it is – about higher education. The Australian Idea of a University (“Idea”) is his second book-length contribution on the topic, following the 2010 series of radio lectures published as The Republic of Learning.Ina prologue and five short chapters, Idea offers a potted history of Australian universities from the foundation of the University of Sydney in 1850 to the present day, in order to explore how “shared origins, student expectations, academic culture and federal regulation contribute to a single idea of an Australian university” (2). This history is not a mere chronicle: it comes with a warning and some recommendations for policy change. The warning is about the vulnerability of Australian higher education to threats from e-learning “providers”: “if Australian public universities are more alike than different, then disruption from Silicon Valley may affect the whole http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png History of Education Review Emerald Publishing

The Australian Idea of a University

History of Education Review , Volume 47 (1): 2 – Jun 4, 2018

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Reference Book reviews Hirst, J.B. (2000), The Sentimental Nation: The making of the Australian Commonwealth, Oxgord University Press, Melbourne. Edited by Glyn Davis Melbourne University Press Carlton 170pp. ISBN: 9780522871746 (pbk), 9780522871746 (ebook) Keywords Managerialism, Neoliberalism, Australian universities Review DOI 10.1108/HER-03-2018-0009 Glyn Davis, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Melbourne, is an influential and frequent participant in Australian public debate – such as it is – about higher education. The Australian Idea of a University (“Idea”) is his second book-length contribution on the topic, following the 2010 series of radio lectures published as The Republic of Learning.Ina prologue and five short chapters, Idea offers a potted history of Australian universities from the foundation of the University of Sydney in 1850 to the present day, in order to explore how “shared origins, student expectations, academic culture and federal regulation contribute to a single idea of an Australian university” (2). This history is not a mere chronicle: it comes with a warning and some recommendations for policy change. The warning is about the vulnerability of Australian higher education to threats from e-learning “providers”: “if Australian public universities are more alike than different, then disruption from Silicon Valley may affect the whole

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History of Education ReviewEmerald Publishing

Published: Jun 4, 2018

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