On April 13, 2016, OCUFA was very pleased to co-host the second annual Worldviews Lecture with the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto. This year’s lecture featured Rajani Naidoo, Chair in Higher Education Management and Director International Centre for Higher Education Management at the University of Bath.
Professor Naidoo delivered a lecture exploring what she calls the “competition fetish” in higher education. She argued that the obsession with competition on the part of governments and institutions is shaping universities in very particular ways, and obscuring other ways of thinking about university education. In her view, a “global wellbeing” frame may be a much more positive way of conceptualizing the relationship between universities and broader society.
Nearly 100 in-person and online participants attended Prof. Naidoo’s lecture. An archived version of the webcast will be available here.
The annual Worldviews Lecture is a spinoff of the popular Worldviews Conferences on Media and Higher Education, which have been organized by the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations, OISE/University of Toronto, the Washington-based Inside Higher Ed and the London-based University World News. This year, Worldviews was pleased to welcome Academica Group as a sponsor.