Chapter 1

The Erosion of Academic Ethos

Quo Vadis Higher Education?

The Crisis of Academic Ethos—Fact or Hype?

The university is one of the oldest institutions in the world. Even a commercial enterprise with a bold 500-year history pales by comparison. The first university was founded in 849 AD in Constantinople. Two of the oldest universities in the Western world, Bologna University and the University of Paris, are steeped in more than 1,000 years of tradition.

The success of a university that has existed for many centuries and is still developing without any noticeable constraints is recognized as a luxury available to only a few enterprises. It is an extraordinary phenomenon that, when it occurs, is recognized with respect, and its sources, ...

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