Podcast: The changing landscape of higher education
Join us in this thought-provoking podcast episode as Drs James Kierstead and Michael Johnston engage in a conversation with Emeritus Professor John Raine, an esteemed academic with extensive experience in the New Zealand education system. We explore the evolution of academic standards and university preparedness, discussing the impact of changes in the education system and the importance of foundational knowledge in subjects like mathematics and sciences. Then we delve into the role of universities as cultural institutions and the challenges they face in maintaining their neutrality and intellectual integrity amidst changing demands and ideologies. We examine the delicate balance between incorporating cultural knowledge and preserving the principles of objective inquiry, highlighting concerns about the potential politicization of universities. Our conversation prompts us to reflect on the importance of university leadership in upholding the critic and conscience role of these institutions. Join us as we navigate the complex landscape of higher education, seeking to foster an environment that embraces curiosity, intellectual exploration, and diverse perspectives.