MULTINATIONAL VISION OF A UNIVERSITY = MAXIMIZED STUDENT DEBT + BIG REVENUES + RELENTLESS EXPANSION + SUCK THE “SOUL” OUT OF EDUCATION + NO “SEARCH FOR TRUTH” + GLOBALIZE THE WORST MULTINATIONAL CORP CULTURAL PRACTICES + AUTHORITARIAN CONTROL AND ABUSE + CORPORATE KNOCK OFFS SPREAD AS OFF-SHORE UNIVERSITY CLONES
Greedy Universities Grab Petrodollars to Globalize and Corporatize = Cashing in by replicating their “product” in authoritarian Arab countries.
NYU President’s sick vision of cloning the entire NYU campus in Abu Dhabi = Violating academic freedom and civilized values. = people working construction on the site were horribly abused and beaten to a pulp and arrested when they complained.
Abu Dhabi labor conditions are little better than slavery and objection will earn you a knuckle sandwich, In 2009, NYU issued a statement of labor to guarantee that workers would be treated fairly on the NYUAD project. Which, in the absence of an independent monitor, was worth about as much as the paper it was written on. NYU ignored faculty and student advice to hire a truly independent monitor.
But what if universities aren’t really universities anymore? SAD How America currently does business = NYU is more like a Multinational Corporation run by capitalists (GOP megadoner Ken Langone, founder of Home Depot = Most virulently anti-worker corporate) Times’ Andrew Ross Sorkin following the money trail to the chief executive of the Company who helped get NYU $50 million from Abu Dhabi’s government as a starter “gift” for the campus cloning project.
Weird world of neoclassical economic theory = “market forces” are supposed to do the fairest distributor of goods and services = Mr. Market FAILS badly in things humans need, like health care and education. The MARKET-BASED American health care system is a domestic and international scandal = SAME FAILURE with education.
PURE MARKET NONSENSE propagated by American business schools and corporate boardrooms has permeated universities. = OVERPAID presidents implement Walmart policies pushing higher education toward corporate dystopia.
MARKET DRIVEN UNIVERSITIES = NOT places for thinking, research, and exposure to a wide range of ideas. = “Enterprises” that focus on branding, business model, and the bottom line. = Sterile and WORTHLESS!
Top American universities = QATAR “EDUCATION CITY” = Georgetown + Cornell + Northwestern set up sumptuous facilities in the midst of an Islamic monarchy rising out of the blistering, dust-choked and weirdly torpid cityscape of Doha (built on the backs of abused migrant workers). = The University money was very, very good.
NYU went one step further than Education City = Abu Dhabi = Duplicate the entire NYU
complete liberal arts university off American soil. = $50 Million Abu Dhabi gift/down-payment and promised to finance the entire Middle East campus.
American UNIVERSITY gold rush was on. The markets were endless.
Yale = Yale-National University of Singapore
National University of Singapore = Egregious violations of academic freedom + civil rights
NYU = Argues that cultural cross-pollination will offer a mutually beneficial sharing of ideas, and like to suggest that Western values will come to influence the host countries.
NYU = Abu Dhabi campus = Students stuck in a high rises = No mind-expanding cultural communion. Languished in sterile upscale dorms with ping pong parlors
MULTINATIONAL CORPORATIONS = PURSUIT OF LOOT
UNIVERSITIES = PURSUIT OF TRUTH = OPPOSITE OF MULTINATIONALS
“Universities compete with each other as much as Ford and GM do. But they are in one important way not like Ford and GM. They are public charities, devoted before all else to the pursuit of the truth, exempt from taxation and largely unregulated from control of their teaching and research because of American confidence that the free exchange of ideas develops a citizenry capable of enlightened self-governance. To do their job, universities rely on the public’s trust. The expectation that they will be left alone to pursue the truth, and to promote the impartial search for the truth, and to inspire their students to be incorruptible in the face of temptations to twist the truth for private benefit, places an enormous moral burden on universities, much greater than that on any other kind of corporation. To the extent they are seen as just as venal and corruptible as the political and corporate institutions of society, they will be treated with the same cynicism and contempt as are currently reserved for the likes of the U.S. Congress and Exxon. So it goes, it would seem, at NYU.”
— Harry Lewis, Harvard professor