Commercialisation and the Function of the University: Two Problems

By Paul Arthur Taylor and Richard Braddock.

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This paper looks at commercialisation in universities by examining two issues associated with the commercialisation process.

Keywords: commercialisation, the function of a university, academic freedom, education as a commodity, student as customer, university research, university-private sector research partnerships, university autonomy

International Journal of Learning, Volume 12, Issue 8, pp.361-368. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 800.180KB).

Dr. Paul Arthur Taylor

I was head of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Cape Town from 1988 to 1991 and from 1997 to 1999. I taught philosophy in South Africa for 25 years before migrating to Australia in 2000. I am now a researcher in the International Relations Department at Macquarie International, a division at Macquarie University (Sydney) responsible for the management of its international students – that is, overseas students studying at Macquarie University or studying overseas at one of the Macquarie's offshore venues. The division also researches the conditions of international students worldwide. I have published scholarly articles in numerous refereed Journals of academic philosophy (such as 'Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Analysis' and the British Journal of Aesthetics) including work on the concept of academic freedom, and have written commissioned articles for Oxford University Press and the publishers Routledge and Basil Blackwell. Earlier this year (July 2004) I published a monograph Jews and the Olympic Games (publisher: Sussex Academic Press).

Prof. Richard Braddock

I am an interdisciplinary economist, Secretary-General of the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Higher Education Research Network, and manage Macquarie University's Internationalization Forum. I have taught in programs on University Management and am currently conducting research into Higher Education Policy and Internationalization issues globally. I have previously presented on Education issues at The Learning Conference (London), and at many other conferences including the 12th Conference of the International Association of Universities in Sao Paulo. I have published in the "Journal of Higher Education Policy" and "The International Journal of Learning".

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