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November 30 – December 4

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Plenary Debate "This House Believes Universities, in Their Current Form, Are Unsustainable and Should Be for the Elite Only"

Covid-19 has forced us to ask some fundamental questions about education and training. In the higher and vocational sectors, some experts want to make learning more needs-based, shifting the balance towards skills that are directly applicable to the workplace, leaving pure academic learning and research to a small number of brilliant minds.

But is this the right approach? Isn’t the flexibility and academic rigour of a traditional university education more relevant now than ever before? Aren’t the innovative steps universities now taking to introduce online learning exactly what e-learning experts always wanted? And should we be ‘throwing the baby out with the bath water’ at such a difficult time when universities contribute so much to so many economies? Or, on the contrary, is now exactly the right moment for fundamental reform? Is it time for consolidation in higher education or radical change?

Leading speakers at the annual OEB Plenary Debate are sure to set up a storm on this controversial topic.

OEB speaker Brian Mulligan

Brian Mulligan

Institute of Technology Sligo, Ireland

OEB speaker Paul Bacsich

Paul Bacsich

Matic Media Ltd, UK

OEB speaker Donald Clark

Donald Clark

Plan B Learning, UK