The Australian Idea of the University - Professor Glyn Davis AC


Professor Davis will be introduced by ANU Vice Chancellor, Professor Brian Schmidt AC. The vote of thanks will be given by ANU Emeritus Faculty Chair, Professor James Fox.

The lecture by Professor Davis will draw on his forthcoming MUP 2018 book, The Australian Idea of the University, which asks why a nation scattered across a continent, in a world with so many competing visions of the University, is content with a single type?  

2017 has seen criticism of universities in Australia, the United States and United Kingdom, essentially around their perceived distance from community and national imperatives.  Academic work is characterised as unconnected with the concerns of society, universities as wealthy and unresponsive.  

Are we approaching a Henry VIII moment, when a future government decides to dissolve the familiar public university?

Professor Glyn Davis AC, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Melbourne, is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. He has served as Chair of the Group of Eight and Chair of Universities Australia. He the immediate past Chair of Universitas 21, a grouping of 24 leading global universities.

This event is free and open to the public.