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How to achieve… a less sceptical country

How to achieve a less sceptical country

In the fourth Tertiary Education Policy event by KPMG and the Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education we debated the role of education in addressing rising mis-trust.

Stephen Parker, AO

National Sector Leader, Education

KPMG Australia


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We can trace a decline in trust in many authoritative institutions, from democracy itself to universities and college education. How bad is this problem, and are there positive signs amid the gloom?

How can and should universities particularly, and those who care about knowledge as the defining commodity of democracy and civic culture more generally, respond to this evident loss of confidence in knowledge and in institutions of higher learning? What would a helpful strategy for the future look like?

Glyn Davis, Vice Chancellor, University of Melbourne presented his views on the causes of declining public trust, in particlar the role of creative distruction.

The panel then discussed the issues with questions from the audience.

Perspectives from industry leaders

Watch a series of videos recorded at the event.

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