The Citizen Scholar: The Academy at the University of Western Sydney

  • Angelo Kourtis
  • James Arvanitakis
Part of the Palgrave Critical University Studies book series (PCU)


In 2013, the University of Western Sydney (UWS) – now Western Sydney University – developed a new programme with two broad aims. Confronted with a changing higher education environment in which the sector is increasingly directed to be ‘competitive’, the university that had traditionally lacked the prestige of Australia’s ‘sandstone’ institutions moved to differentiate itself. Secondly, and more importantly, a collection of administrators and academics used this changing environment as an impetus to reflect on the purpose of the contemporary university.


Critical Thinking Ethical Leadership Community Engagement Civic Engagement Social Entrepreneurship 
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