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Newuniversitynorway.org has been formed as a response to what we see as an increasing commodification of higher education in Norway at a critical time when corporate agendas are undermining public universities and intellectual integrity around the world.

With this web page we hope to create a platform for critical discussions about the future of our universities and what role they should play in society. It forms part of an effort to reclaim this debate which has for too long been left to a small group of politicians and university management. We therefore invite a broad specter of voices to join in in imagining a “New University Norway”.

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PhD Diary: reflections on responsibility or, what are academics for?

I’m at the beginning of what may turn out to be an academic career (or when the results and changes seem far away, I think I’m on my way to setting up a woodshop and making furniture). A question that keeps popping up in my mind, is that of what my role as an academic is, should, and can be.

UNIVERSITETETS UNDERGANG

(Originally published by STOFF MAGASIN on September 2nd, 2015)

DET ER VANSKELIG Å SI HVA NYLIBERALISME EGENTLIG ER, MEN MANGE MENER AT DET TRUER STUDENTDEMOKRATIET OG UNIVERSITETETS IDEALER.

Open post: Moroversity calling!

Moroversity, an academic activist alliance based in Tampere (Finland), greets the NewUniversityNorway.

Moroversity derives its name from the local vernacular, where “Moro!” is a casual greeting, highlighting the alliance’s informal nature.

Moroversity is active on multiple levels simultaneously.

Open post, Aksel Tjora: In defence of academic obstinacy

In our first Open Post, sociology professor Aksel Tjora warns against the “MacDonaldification” of higher education and research in Norway. He argues that we need to act now with a strong countercurrent collective effort, across academics and students.

Celebratory speeches and naked power

“A merger will contribute to an ongoing process that is eroding workplace democracy at the university in favour of a neoliberal agenda,” Michael Jones argues in this essay.