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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
programme last update: 23 August 2019
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Contribution Paper

Poznań, Poland - Morasko Kampus, room: 3.135

Political economy of the university in the context of changes in the law on higher education in Poland



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The university is an institution serving the society. Its purpose is to create new knowledge (research activity) and its transfer (didactic activity). These are processes developed as a result of many years of culture, educated in academic centers, having a deep and permanent character. We are now witnessing another change that is the result of globalization processes - universities become centers creating entrepreneurial behavior and are also trying to act in this spirit. But this approach also entails other issues. The challenges brought by the 21st century and the dynamically developing market of educational services - now highly competitive - allow one to assume that only institutions that are open to change will survive. Others will disappear or be absorbed by emerging leaders. The new law on higher education and science introduced in Poland is subject to criticism by various environments (especially the humanities) by increasing the measurability of research and teaching effects. The widespread punishment and graphs and financing algorithms of universities do not serve scientists in a truly scientific work.