There are several mysteries associated with current government proposals for higher education, but few are as inscrutable as the recent behaviour of many of Australia’s vice-chancellors.
In the early 1990s when Sydney Vice-Chancellor John ward reflected on the changes wrought largely by the integration of universities with the global knowledge economy, he pondered on the changes to his own role since the early 1980s. The pull of stakeholders – government, professions, industries and the public service – were remoulding university administration. Higher education would be less collegial and more managerial from here on.
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