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November 25
2013年11月25日

人才遴選 ──
高教國際化的盲點

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高教是一個專業,該處理的問題相當複雜,無論是治校理念或引領大學教、研、推廣等相應事務,都必須用專業的態度看待,並採用專業的行事方式處理。所以,用競選議員、巿長的方式來進行並描述校長遴選,並不妥當。

大學校長不是政治人物,所以請不要將校長遴選擺放在街頭政治的舞台上。大學是追求真善美的起點,對於教學與研究這個學術議題,應該持客觀的態度,不應該用街頭政治的教條來推動學術活動,誤導人才遴選,甚至歪曲高教議題。就這一點而言,將民粹帶入高教,遠較美國落後。

如果社會或媒體如此推波助瀾,或者校園內果真如報導所指,大學校長遴選過程中出現了運作現象,那麼即使大家英語說得再好,大學的排名再高,研究成果再輝煌,書教的再頭頭是道,大話講得再得體、漂亮,學生的程度再優秀,感覺良好的民主再自我得意,民粹一再泛濫無法就事論事,我們終究還是與高教的基本理念相距遙遠,不值得驕傲。

我一向強調:談國際化就要遵從國際標準,否則我們的高等教育離廿一世紀的國際標準還有些距離。

風俗之厚薄奚自乎?社會賢達、大學裏的教師,負有推廣教育、研究與專業服務的重大使命,請不要用街頭政治來解讀高教,因為如此有違高教國際化的理念與趨勢。

 

Selection of university leaders ─ a blind spot in the internationalisation of higher education

Higher education is a specific profession with its own highly complicated issues, which should be viewed and dealt with in a professional manner, whether it is about the governance concepts of universities and matters associated with teaching, research and promotion, and so forth. Therefore, it is improper to describe the selection of university leaders in the same way as the election of political figures such as congressmen and mayors.

University presidents are not political leaders. Therefore, we should not apply the same rules for street politics for the selection of university presidents. The university is the starting point for seeking the truth, benevolence and beauty. We should adopt an objective attitude as far as possible towards the academic argument of teaching and research, rather than aim at promoting academic activities with street politics dogmas, which will destabilise the choosing of university presidents and distort the academic issues in higher education. In this particular aspect, we lag far behind the US in endeavouring to bring populism into higher education.

If society or the media keep adding fuel to the flames by circulating rumours or what is reported in the press is actually true — that the selection of university presidents has been manipulated for some ulterior motive — then we are miles from the basic notions of higher education and have nothing to feel proud of in spite of the fact that we speak idiomatic and beautiful English, that our university rankings are high, our research achievements splendid, our teaching convincing, our high-sounding talks proper and eloquent, our students academics scores high, our sense of democracy complacent, while populism is so prevalent that we cannot stick to the fact or call a spade a spade any more.

I have reiterated the idea that, when we talk about internationalisation, we should observe international standards and best practices. Otherwise, there will still be some distance between our higher education and the international standards of the 21st century.

Customs and conventions do not come into being by themselves. Social celebrities and personages and university teachers should regard it their paramount mission to promote education, research and professional services. So do not try to interpret higher education in light of street politics; that would run counter to the notion and trend of internationalisation in higher education.

November 25, 2013

 

 

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