Stem på Atakan for rektor på UiB i 2013

Universitetet i Bergen skal bidra til utvikling av samfunnet gjennom kunnskap og visdom. Sapientia et scientia societas crescit.

Check that you’re on the electoral roll for UiB!

Have you checked that you’re listed on the electoral roll (manntall) for UiB? If you’re on the roll, you can vote in the upcoming elections!

If you’re not on the electoral roll and you think you should be, you ask for your name to be added emailing post@kollsek.uib.noby March 8. You will vote online between April 17-24. More information is available in English and in Norwegian.


Fremtidens universitet blir ikke YouTube

Digitalisering av utdanning har vært mye fremme i media i det siste, og hovedfokuset har vært på videoopptak av forelesninger. Vi hadde et innlegg i BT i helgen hvor vi spør: Hvordan blir fremtidens universitet? Svaret er definitivt ikke at universitetet skal bli YouTube. Læring er ikke et produkt, men en prosess, og da må vi bruke nettet til mer enn en distribusjonskanal.

Les også June Breiviks svar, hvor hun både støtter oss og tar tråden videre: Fremtidens universitet – YouTube eller Campus?

In Praise of Complexity: Higher Education and the Real World

Universities produce complex and critical knowledge in a global world otherwise littered with thin, generic descriptions. What follows is the full text of a keynote on the importance of this role for the university, given by Vigdis Broch-Due, our candidate for Pro-Rector of Research, at the SANORD conference at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa,  7-9 December, 2009.

First of all let me say what a pleasure it is to be here on this morning of summer in South Africa surrounded by so many distinguished colleagues.  And before I say anything else I would like to thank the conference organisers and Rhodes University for your kind invitation and this wonderful opportunity to finally visit your beautiful country. As a Scandinavian, an Africanist and a social anthropologist who has worked for many years with nomadic pastoralists in some of the remoter hinterlands of East Africa, it is a rare privilege to come to one of the great cosmopolitan hubs of 21st century Africa, a country which so many Africans and others see as a beacon on the horizon, a place that has come to embody their hopes and dreams for what Africa could become.  One reason for that is that contemporary South Africa represents a particular model of social and political complexity that so many want to see succeed. Which brings me to my theme today.

My address to you today takes the form of a plea for what I like to call an ethics of complexity in academic scholarship and in higher education.  At one level this is a straight-forward stand against the seductions of simple-mindedness, against the simple formulations – philosophical, political or otherwise – which seem to organize a dense reality into an easily graspable totality, the broad-stroke ideas beloved by the public, by bureaucrats and by policy makers because they seem to shed clear light on obscure issues.  The problem, however, is that ideas shape the world. Time and time again, when put into practice, these simple formulations, whether dreamed up in the halls of academia, or the World Bank, or finance ministries, fail in the face of an unyielding reality – a reality so complex that it always challenges our efforts to grasp it. The world is stubbornly complex.

The problem is: how can we understand it and act in it without betraying that complexity.  This is the problem which I believe only an ethics of complexity can cope with. Les videre