Recently, there have been increased discussions on the role of a general, liberal arts-based education. A 2012 issue of Science, for example, reported that in China directives from the Education Ministry called upon the educational establishment to turn out more well-rounded graduates in order to increase China’s “capacity for innovation.”
As part of GCRI’s higher education series, Prof. Jutta Allmendinger and Prof. Philip Altbach will discuss the changing relationship between a traditional university education and the university degree as preparation for a career.
Prof. Allmendinger will present on German university landscape changes as they relate to the move from elite to mass education and international benchmarks fostering tertiary education. Her talk will address tensions between vocational and tertiary education, teaching and research, and the role of non-university institutes. Jutta Allmendinger is President of the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung (WZB, Social Science Research Center Berlin) and Professor of Educational Sociology and Labor Market Research at the Humboldt University Berlin. She is also a member of the European Commission’s high-level economic expert group “Innovation for Growth.”
Prof. Altbach will speak on the key global higher education trends of the first half of the 21st century, in particular, massification. Philip G. Altbach is Monan University Professor and Director of the Center of International Higher Education at the Lynch School of Education at Boston College.
The event will take place on Thursday, December 6, 2012, from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m., at the German House New York (871 United Nations Plaza, First Avenue, btw. 48th & 49th Streets). To RSVP by December 4, click here: http://form.jotformpro.com/
The discussion will be moderated by GCRI Director, Dr. Joann Halpern.
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Unable to attend? A video recording will be available on http://www.germaninnovation.org shortly after the event.
The German Center for Research and Innovation provides information and support for the realization of cooperative and collaborative projects between North America and Germany. With the goal of enhancing communication on the critical challenges of the 21st century, GCRI hosts a wide range of events from lectures and exhibitions to workshops and science dinners. Opened in February 2010, GCRI was created as a cornerstone of the German government’s initiative to internationalize science and research and is one of five centers worldwide.