COMIUCAP - 'Civil society and education' (Melbourne, 2015)
«Education is often criticized as being too narrowly focused on skills, capacities and the transference of knowledge that can be used in the workplace. As a result of the dominance of economic rationalism and neo-liberalism, it has become commoditized and marketed to potential customers. As a consequence, students have become consumers of an educational product and education has become an industry. As Heidegger hypothesized, this has seen a shift in the organization of educational institutions so that they are now organized along the lines of an industrial corporation. In its extreme form, this leads to an organization in which a managerial elite controls the means of production of educational products, develops new products according what to marketing modelling suggests consumers want to buy and discards those that are failing to sell.» Aware that educational matters are always complex and, thus, must be seen from different perspectives, COMIUCAP co-organized with the Australian Catholic University (Melbourne) an International Conference on Civil Society and Human Formation: Philosophy's Role in a Renewed Understanding of the Meaning of Education(Melbourne, 20-22 of July, 2015).
This conference corresponds to the Regional Congress of COMIUCAP for the Region of Asia-Oceania. The Program of the event is available here: http://www.comiucap.net/images/documenti/ORGANIZATIONS/melbourne_2015_program_schedule.pdf; the Book of Abstracts can be accessed here: http://www.comiucap.net/images/documenti/ORGANIZATIONS/melbourne_2015_book_of_abstracts.pdf; the Group Photo with Participants in the event can be accessed here: http://www.comiucap.net/images/articoli/FOTOS/MEETINGS/melbourne_2015_1.jpg. More photos about this event of COMIUCAP in Melbourne can be accessed here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ul6snisyodurjoa/AABBM8AtKFwY2hX6BES2_joNa?dl=0.
The local organizer of this most recent conference of COMIUCAP was Professor John Ozolins of the Australian Catholic University. The event was a success and COMIUCAP is most grateful to all persons that contributed towards it. For more information on the activities of COMIUCAP, please, visit www.comiucap.net.