Centrality and fragility of university in the long-lasting debates over the functions of higher education and its role in the interplay of wider socioeconomic, political and cultural forces is an ever recurrent issue. It seems that exactly these debates called for constant public attention towards academia and helped retain its core function of knowledge production through the dynamics of controversies and disputations.The essay attempts to discuss the main issues regarding the features and functions of university. It also tries to identify the challenges that the University of the Future will face. The main argument that the essay makes is that through constant search for the truth, through continuous discussions and „disputations‟, the university should retain its core function that is the production of knowledge. The continuous struggles between academic, sociocultural, political and economic forces have always helped academia to preserve its unique character. The essay adheres to the well-known belief that truth is born in constant discussions and „disputations‟ (in disputatione nascitur veritas).
production of knowledge; curriculum; commodification of knowledge; power struggles; cultural values; university of excellence
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