This seminar will be presented by Dr Carolina Guzman (University of Valparaiso, Chile). Discussant Dr Sarah Amsler (CERD)
Friday 24th February 2-4pm
The Green Room
Ruston Way, Lincoln, LN6 7SL
Chile has one of the most marketized higher education systems in the world. The policies implemented during Pinochet’s government during the 80s – which have remained until now – have promoted a neoliberal approach towards higher education with several consequences: withdrawal of the State with less public education and more private education institutions, competition between universities in order to gain more income, an increase in tuition fees and incentives for academics directly to enhance their academic income with multiple sources of earnings. As a result, the commercialization of higher education, the supremacy of the private interest above the public interest, the means of gaining financial competency and the reward systems have led to a national crisis. This paper will explore some of these issues and the main dilemmas that, as a result, now characterize Chilean higher education.