Grad student blogs from World Universities Forum, Davos

UC Davis graduate student Abigail Boggs has been blogging over the weekend about her trip to Davos, Switzerland to attend the World Universities Forum with Chancellor Linda Katehi. So far, she has blogged on “How universities think,” innovation and universities in China, and (satirically) on “How to Destroy a Department.”

Katehi addressed the conference today on “Privatizing a Public Research University.” In her talk, according to Boggs, Katehi summarized the history of public universities from the nineteenth century on, and the achievements of publicly-funded schools such as the University of California. But she also described a long-term trend to reduce public investment in research and education, as attitudes shift away from public funding of education for the public good towards seeing education as a personal entitlement.

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