The Decline and Renaissance of Universities

Moving from the Big Brother University to the Slow University

  • Renzo┬áRosso

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Renzo Rosso
    Pages 1-3
  3. Renzo Rosso
    Pages 17-59
  4. Renzo Rosso
    Pages 61-78
  5. Renzo Rosso
    Pages 79-103
  6. Renzo Rosso
    Pages 105-111
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 113-115

About this book


Instead of following the Magna Charta Universitatum, the declaration of the principles of knowledge signed in 1988 in Bologna, the academic approach pursued in Europe and the other continents over the past 30 years has strictly employed a utilitarian model of higher education. This jeopardizes academic freedom, shared governance and tenure, the three pillars of the long-established model of universities. Scientific conformism and fragmentation, educational bias and authoritarianism are the major drawbacks, together with a poor readiness to meet the emerging challenges in the labor market and technology. In this book, Renzo Rosso presents a new model for countering these developments, e.g. by establishing novel democratic rules for university governance. The Slow University paradigm positions culture and education as essential tools for the long-term survival of humankind.


Magna Charta Universitatum Bologna process traditional university utalitarian university academic freedom progress of knowledge education of citizens higher education crisis future of academia university policy

Authors and affiliations

  • Renzo┬áRosso
    • 1
  1. 1.Politecnico di MilanoMilanoItaly

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