Ethics and Education

  • Barry G. BlundellEmail author


It is widely acknowledged that if left unchecked, ongoing scientific and technological developments in areas of hardware/software robotic systems will have a profound effect on many aspects of human employment. Here we consider the extent to which today’s tertiary education systems are preparing graduating students with the academic foundations and fundamental abilities needed to adapt to an ever more fluid employment landscape which will necessitate engagement in lifelong learning. We examine changes that have occurred within the tertiary sector in recent decades and consider the factors which, in many countries, are resulting in students being forced to pay high fees for their education. How could and should degree programs be designed and delivered so as to provide an affordable twenty-first century education? Why is the notion of the ‘student customer’ being promoted despite its numerous negative ethical ramifications? To what extent are today’s tertiary institutions nurturing and promoting scholarly excellence? This is a wide-ranging chapter that is intended to promote the type of debate that is urgently needed so as to enable ethical scholarship to flourish.


University education Industry 4.0 and education Student fees Multiversity Online education Concorde disaster Ethics and the university Student learner New approach to university education University management growth 


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  1. 1.ManchesterUK

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