A president and a VC

Two events to promote:

At lunchtime Thursday, Czech President Vaclav Klaus will give a Deakin lecture on the future of personal and economic freedom, at Melbourne University at lunchtime. For details email [email protected]

And on Thursday evening at Federation Square in Melbourne, Oxford VC Andrew Hamilton will speak at a Grattan Institute event on how to create a world class university. You can book here.

4 Responses to “A president and a VC

  • 1
    Owen
    July 25th, 2011 19:52

    Wow, congratulations on securing a speaker of that calibre for the Deakin lecture.

  • 2
    KB Keynes
    July 27th, 2011 09:46

    he was a reasonably good finance minister but after that he gained a dubious reputation.

    He certainly became err wealthier

  • 3
    Joe
    July 29th, 2011 07:49

    Andrew what did you think of Andy Hamilton’s speech? He set out what a world-class university needs but he didn’t really talk about how to do those things. For example, obviously you need a critical mass of high quality people but if you haven’t got that to begin with, what do you do?

  • 4
    Andrew Norton
    July 29th, 2011 11:46

    Joe – Some universities with piles of cash have pushed themselves up the research rankings, but the very top ranks have been much the same for a very long time. I think there is a fair amount of path dependency.

    My view is that for various historical reasons some universities have been able to build large concentrations of the best researchers and students. Undoubtedly there are benefits from these institutions, but I am less convinced that public money at least should be used to try to imitate them.