Reimagining the traditional university structure through cooperative education: Opinion

December 9, 2019

“Is there any viable alternative to the established model of the marketised university?” asks John Morgan. The author writes that several international institutions are reimagining the traditional university structure by favouring cooperation over competition. For example, Mondragon University in Spain is run by both its staff and students in order to focus on local socioeconomic development, while the UK’s Co-operative University promises a “democratic” approach to teaching. “The key question is surely whether the competitive and selective orientation of conventional universities is delivering improved social cohesion, access for the disadvantaged or economic benefits for their local areas,” concludes the author. “If the answer is ‘no’, then maybe it is indeed time to consider what the alternatives might look like.” Times Higher Education (International)