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Universities are central to societies' future success – but only if we learn some lessons

Professor Galbraith delivered the 2018 ECU Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished Oration at the Joondalup Campus.

In his talk, he examined how phenomena like Brexit, Donald Trump, and the rise of political populism create distinct challenges for universities.

Professor Galbraith argued that universities must change what they teach, breaking free from the straightjacket of disciplines to create well-rounded graduates who have the skills to succeed in the coming fourth industrial revolution.

He touched on an expanded role for universities in all areas of education, including closer engagement with secondary schools.

Professor Galbraith also challenged the idea of ‘unbundling’ and that learners should be able to pick and choose the bits they want or need. He urged universities to resist the idea of marketization and the view the customer is always right.

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