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Blue chips and bubbles: Why were universities the 20th century's most successful institutions?

Strand Campus, London

4 Mar alison-wolf Part of King's Lectures: A theme in three acts

Universities are astonishingly successful institutions in a world of constant flux. The world's largest companies today were undreamed of 30 years ago: those that bestrode the economy in 1900 have largely vanished. But the University of Bologna is 930 years old, Paris and Oxford over 800.

All over the world today, universities are celebrating tercentenaries and bicentenaries – and a hundred years of astounding growth. In this lecture, Professor Wolf will explore and explain this success, and whether it can endure.


The King's Lectures

The first in a series of three lectures by Professor Alison Wolf

(Baroness Wolf of Dulwich CBE). Professor Wolf is the Sir Roy Griffiths Professor of Public Sector Management in King’s Business School and directs the International Centre for University Policy Research within King’s Policy Institute.

Professor Wolf studied at the universities of Neuchâtel (Switzerland) and Oxford; and has taught at the Catholic University of America, George Washington University, the Institute of Education (University of London), and Columbia University as well as at King’s. She has advised the House of Commons Education Committee, authored the Wolf Review of Vocational Education for the 2010 coalition government, and served as a panel member for the Review of Post-18 Education and Finance headed by Philip Augar. She sits in the House of Lords as a cross-bench peer.   Her books include: Does Education Matter? Myths about education and economic growth.

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