Higher education in medieval Europe
HETL Note: We are pleased to present another installment in the HETL Book Review series – a critical review of Ronald Barnett’s inspiring book. In this article, Ariadna J. Rodrigues Diaz successfully merges the general reader’s perspective with the insight and knowledge of an experienced educator and academic administrator to develop an intriguing and engaging story about the book and its author. The review helps guides the reader through the concepts and ideas of the author and summarises the main points for the benefit of the reader. Diaz complements her review with suggestions for extending the book’s scope and adding to the depth of the discussion. Overall, the review provides an excellent and in-depth commentary to the book.
Bio: Ariadna J. Rodríguez Díaz (M. Sc.) is responsible for the development of individual courses and certificate programs at the Continuing Education Department at the Faculty of Engineering at the (UNAM), and for maintaining program currency and the Expert Research and Development portfolio. She is in charge of identifying and engaging with experts working in different engineering areas with the purpose of developing and/or updating courses and programs according to recognised national and global needs. Ms. Rodriguez has more than ten years experience of working for universities in academic and managerial roles. She has been involved in government programs aimed at helping universities develop technology oriented projects. Her research interests focus on the university as an organization, from a technological and entrepreneurial point of view. Ms. Rodriguez can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Ariadna J. Rodríguez Díaz
National University of Mexico, Mexico
This book presents educators with a variety of possibilities to consider as their respective academic institutions evolve into 21st century universities. The author suggests that the original spirit of the university can be rescued and preserved by studying its development history over the last several hundred years, as well as by understanding better the state of contemporary higher education and how it is likely to evolve in the future. Knowledge of higher education’s academic and historical past and its current trends, and recognition of the different aspects of its behaviour may equip educators with the skills needed to successfully guide their institutions into the future.
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