Book Announcement: The Polish Humboldtian University in the Face of Paradigmatic Change

The Polish Humboldtian University in the Face of Paradigmatic Change now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

Hardback, pp255, £61.99 / $104.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of The Polish Humboldtian University in the Face of Paradigmatic Change by Aleksander Kobylarek.

The Polish university is based on the Humboldt model, and can serve as a typical example of liberal education throughout Central and Eastern Europe. This book portrays an institution resistant to change and defying all attempts at reform. Currently, it is attempting to retain its identity with no regard to the rapidly changing world of science, culture and communication technologies that surrounds it. The absolute power of the professor, excessive administration and feudal subordination mean that such universities have lost touch with the local environment, and have become a factory for graduates with a random education. Power games and resentment have replaced the search for scientific truth, which in turn means that such institutions are practically invisible in the rankings, because of the lack of significant achievements. This situation has led to proposal here of a redefinition of the function of the university, based on a thorough analysis of needs of all its various groups of stakeholders.

To read a full summary of the book and to read a 30-page sample extract, which includes the table of contents, please visit the following link:

The Polish Humboldtian University in the Face of Paradigmatic Change can be purchased directly from Cambridge Scholars, through Amazon and other online retailers, or through our global network of distributors. Our partners include Bertram, Gardners, Baker & Taylor, Ingram, YBP, Inspirees and MHM Limited. An e-book version will be available for purchase through the Google Play store in due course.

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About the Author

Aleksander Kobylarek, PhD, is Assistant Professor at Department of Pedagogy in the University of Wrocław, Poland. The Manager of the University of the Third Age in the University of Wrocław until 2016, he is the author of more than 100 scientific publications, including articles, books, and chapters in edited volumes.

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