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Announcing release of new book on University Futures:

The University in Transformation: Global Perpectives of the Futures of the University

Edited by Sohail Inayatullah and Jennifer Gidley
Bergin & Garvey
Westport, Conn
280 pages
LC 99-16061
ISBN 0-89789-718-8
H718 $65.00

Contributing Authors: Tom Abeles, Marcus Bussey, Jim Dator, James Grant, Anne Hickling-Hudson, Greg Hearn, Patricia Kelly, Peter Manicas, Ivana Milojevic, Shahrzad Mojab, Ashis Nandy, Deane Neubauer, Patricia Nicholson, David Rooney, Tariq Rahman, Michael Skolnik, Philip Spies and Paul Wildman.

Comments On The University In Transformation:

This book is admirably comprehensive. Its authors look at the impact on universities of all the major trends of our times. Even better, they go beyond the usual western focus and attempt a genuinely world view. A very stimulating contribution to the debate.
- Sir John Daniel, Vice-Chancellor, The Open University

Sohail Inayatullah and Jennifer Gidley have responded to the present crises of higher education by bringing together a must-read collection of papers. Firmly grounding their work on past trends, both the Western and Non-Western authors of these papers challenge conventional thinking as they explore possible, probable, and preferable futures for the university. A first-rate piece of work that might help us avoid a potential coming educational catastrophe.
- Professor Wendell Bell, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, Yale University

...University in Transformation is highly recommended as an engaging, informative, and visionary text for those concerned with the critical role of universities in personal and national development in the 21st century.
Professor Robert Arnove, Professor of International and Comparative Education, Indiana University, Bloomington

This book is a `must' reading for all professionals in higher education and those policy makers who have influence upon the direction of higher education in the U.S. as well as other countries....While thoughtful in insight, it is also practical in ideas. Anyone who reads it will come away with the importance of higher education and its role in building a global society where humanity will ultimately prevail.
Professor Glenn K. Miyataki, President, The Japan-America Institute of Management Science, Honolulu, Hawaii

A very impressive collection... This book arrives just-in-time for universities that want a future.
Gordon Prestoungrange, Global President, International Management Centers

Book Summary

Taking a long-term historical and future perspective on the university is critical at this time. The university is being refashioned, often by forces out of the control of academics, students, and even administrators. However, there remain possibilities for informed action, for steering the directions that the university can take. This book maps both the historical factors and the alternative futures of the university. Whereas most books on the university remain focused on the European model, this volume explores models and issues from non-Western perspectives as well.

Inayatullah and Gidley draw together essays by leading academics from a variety of disciples and nations on the futures of the university, weaving historical factors with emerging issues and trends such as globalism, virtualization, multiculturalism, and politicization. They attempt to get beyond superficial debate on how globalism and the Internet as well as multiculturalism are changing the nature of the university, and they thoughtfully assess these changes.

Table of Contents


Forces Shaping University Futures by Sohail Inayatullah and Jennifer Gidley


University Traditions and the Challenge of Global Transformation by Philip Spies Higher Education at the Brink by Peter Manicas Will the Future Include Us? Reflections of a Practitioner of Higher Education by Deane Neubauer The Virtual University and the Professoriate by Michael Skolnik The Futures for Higher Education: From Bricks to Bytes to Fare Thee Well by Jim Dator Why Pay for a College Education? by Tom Abeles Of Minds, Markets and Machines: How Universities might transcend the Ideology of Commodification by David Rooney and Greg Hearn At the Edge of Knowledge-Towards Polyphonic Multiversities by Paul Wildman

NON-WESTERN PERSPECTIVES ON THE FUTURES OF THE UNIVERSITY Recovery of Indigenous Knowledge and Dissenting Futures of the University by Ashis Nandy Pakistani Universities: Past, Present, and Future by Tariq Rahman Civilizing the State: the University in the Middle East by Shahrzad Mojab Scholar Activism for a New World: The Future of the Caribbean University by Anne Hickling-Hudson Internationalizing the Curriculum-for Profit or the Planet? by Patricia Kelly

ALTERNATIVE UNIVERSITIES The Crisis of the University: Feminist Alternatives for the 21st Century and Beyond by Ivana Milojevic Homo Tantricus: Tantra as an Episteme for Future Generations by Marcus Bussey Universities Evolving: Advanced Learning Networks and Experience Camps by Patricia Nicholson Consciousness-Based Education: A Future of Higher Education in the New Millennium by James Grant

TRANSFORMATIONS OF THE UNIVERSITY Corporate Networks or Bliss for All: The Politics of the Futures of the University by Sohail Inayatullah Unveiling the Human Face of University Futures by Jennifer Gidley


SOHAIL INAYATULLAH is Professorial Research Fellow, Tamkang University, Visiting Academic, Queensland University of Technology and Professor and David Sutton Fellow, International Management Centers. In 1999, he was Tamkang Chair, Tamkang University, Taiwan and UNESCO Chair, Center for European Studies, University of Trier, Germany. He is the author of over 200 journal articles, book chapters and popular magazine pieces and has authored/edited 10 books. He is also Fellow, World Academy of Art and Science and Fellow, World Futures Studies Federation as well as Associate Editor, New Renaissance and Co-editor, Journal of Futures Studies.

JENNIFER GIDLEY is an Educational Psychologist and Futures Researcher.



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