The Future of University Education

  • Michał Izak
  • Monika Kostera
  • Michał Zawadzki

Part of the Palgrave Critical University Studies book series (PCU)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Michał Izak, Monika Kostera, Michał Zawadzki
    Pages 1-16
  3. Dissecting the Status Quo

  4. University in Context

  5. Teaching and Research

  6. Into the Future

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 243-243
    2. Todd Hannula
      Pages 271-292
    3. Monika Kostera
      Pages 309-327
    4. Michał Izak, Monika Kostera, Michał Zawadzki
      Pages 329-336
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 337-346

About this book


This collected volume of essays offers glimpses of the future of university education. While universities consider the spirit of theoretical exchange and intellectual pursuit to be a defining trait of their identity, this book argues that this heritage is disappearing under the influence of the short-term demands of societies and markets. Universities used to be sites of dissent, civil courage and societal conscience, but have now instead become little more than pseudo-businesses, rendering them incapable of remaining critical or independent. However, with more people going to university every year, there is a strong resistance to the notion that the university as a collegial and critical institution is dead, among academics as well as the broader public. With contributions from scholars across the world, this edited collection explores the ramifications of marketization on universities, and provides glimpses of what higher education will look like in the future. It will be of great interest to teachers and students in higher education, as well as policy makers and those interested in the current and future state of higher education.


Higher Education Research Student Academic Change Tertiary education

Editors and affiliations

  • Michał Izak
    • 1
  • Monika Kostera
    • 2
  • Michał Zawadzki
    • 3
  1. 1.Lincoln Business SchoolUniversity of LincolnLincolnUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Durham UniversityDurhamUnited Kingdom
  3. 3.Institute of CultureJagiellonian UniversityCracowPoland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-46893-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-46894-5
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