Education vs. Training: Reflecting on the Purpose of Education in the 21st Century

9/5/2012 | German House New York

Education vs. Training: Reflecting on the Purpose of Education in the 21st Century

Co-Sponsor: German Rectors' Conference (HRK)

As tech campuses increasingly populate the academic landscape and current economic realities demand job-ready graduates, are our universities moving away from the principles of a traditional liberal arts education, or are they adapting to the needs of the 21st century? Are these concepts mutually exclusive? The role of higher education in society, the employability of college graduates, and the commercialization of university research are just a few of the issues being discussed on a global level — particularly in North America and Germany.

On September 5th at 6:30 p.m. an expert panel will address the rapidly changing relationship between a traditional university education and the university degree as preparation for a career.

To RSVP by Monday, September 3rd, please click here.

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  • Featured Speakers

    • Dr. Oliver Schnakenberg (Welcome Remarks)

      Deputy Consul General, Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, New York

    • Prof. Dieter Lenzen

      President, University of Hamburg

    • Prof. Beate A. Schücking

      President, University of Leipzig

    • Dr. Nancy L. Zimpher

      Chancellor, State University of New York (SUNY)

    • Dr. Jeffrey Peck (Moderator)

      Dean of the Weissmann School of Arts and Sciences, Professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Comparative Literature, Vice Provost for Global Strategies, Baruch College, City University of New York