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On the heresy of temptation - by Prof. Claus Vögele

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Published on Monday, 06 November 2017

Professor Claus Vögele, director of the Institute for Health and Behaviour, recently published an article in "d'Lëtzebuerger Land".

The arts and humanities occupy a remarkable place in human life, throughout its history. At the same time, the public devalues them, placing increasing emphasis on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. This goes hand-in-hand with pseudo-liberal politics according to which investments from society to universities should repay. The recent developments concerning the University of Luxembourg (e.g. the new draft University law) and public funding decisions suggest that this approach is being increasingly enforced in Luxembourg. In this article, Claus Vögele argues that the view of universities being factories of knowledge that can be readily turned into a return-on-investment is short-sighted and belies the intellectual limitations of its proponents. Instead, Luxembourg should be proud of a University, which is a place of learning, knowledge, and creativity, which helps to shape a civilised society. Politicians should resist the easy promises put forward by those who champion an economisation of higher education.

You can find Prof. Vögele's article by clicking on the link below.