What do we expect from a 21st-century university? Which ideals have survived the transition to our brave new education world? And what does it mean when students become customers? Moral philosopher Raimond Gaita, politics professor Robert Manne and University of Melbourne Vice-Chancellor Glyn Davis come together in the ultimate brains trust, to debate the meaning (and future) of new-millennium universities. Chaired by Margaret Gardner.
Robert Manne’s many books include Making Trouble and The Words That Made Australia (as co-editor). He is the author of three Quarterly Essays, In Denial, Sending Them Home and Bad News. He is a Vice-Chancellor's Fellow at La Trobe University.
Raimond Gaita has published widely to academic and non- academic audiences. In 2009, the University of Antwerp awarded Gaita the degree of Doctor Honoris Causa ‘for his exceptional contribution to contemporary moral philosophy and for his singular contribution to the role of the intellectual in today’s academic world’.
Glyn Davis is professor of political science, vice chancellor and principal of the University of Melbourne.
Professor Margaret Gardner was appointed as Vice-Chancellor of RMIT University in April 2005, having previously held the position of Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) at the University of Queensland. She has extensive academic experience, having held various leadership positions in Australian universities throughout her career.