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The Sydney Morning Herald quotes the vice-chancellor of Macquarie University on acquisitive, amoral universities.

Among his complaints:

… [M]edical researchers lend their names to articles written by drug companies to boost sales. Ghost writing has benefited researchers by giving them additional publications to add to their resumes..

The problem, which has alarmed medical editors in the US, arises when ”publications are the coin of the realm in university scientific careers…”


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He says a university should produce people “who understand the world and their place in it, who can speak coherently, who know what a poem is and who can tell a symphony from a jingle.”

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One Response to “Ghosts of the University”

  1. Grouchy Says:

    “who understand the world and their place in it, who can speak coherently” — doesn’t that discard a great share of the literature and philosophy departments?

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