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Rajani Naidoo warns of higher education's competition fetish in Worldviews Annual Lecture

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Professor Rajani Naidoo recently delivered the 2016 Worldviews Annual Lecture on Media and Higher Education. Her talk at the University of Toronto warned against the fetishisation of competition in higher education.

University World News external website and The Conversation external website have since published edited versions of the talk.

Rajani's lecture explored the varieties of competition in higher education. She emphasised that competition can be positive and lead to huge intellectual advances.

However she also stressed the importance of understanding that competition cannot solve all problems in modern higher education and can even exacerbate certain problems.

Rajani countered the view that there is no alternative to competition by highlighting global wellbeing trailblazers. She also introduced potential visions for higher education and alternative ways to organise it.

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