Roberts Lyer, Kirsten Saliba, Ilyas Spannagel, Janika
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[Editor:] Roberts Lyer, Kirsten [Editor:] Saliba, Ilyas [Editor:] Spannagel, Janika [Title:] University Autonomy Decline: Causes, Responses, and Implications for Academic Freedom [ISBN:] 978-1-0033-0648-1 [Series:] Routledge Research in Higher Education [Publisher:] Routledge [Place:] London [Year:] 2023 [Pages:] 9-29
This chapter discusses the concepts of academic freedom and university autonomy – and their interrelation – arising from international standards. It argues that university autonomy is a fundamental requirement for academic freedom to be enjoyed by researchers and students. Turning to the purpose of the university, it underscores that the human right to science puts academic freedom and university autonomy at the core of universities’ mission as seekers of truth. Deciphering the institutional and individual dimensions of academic freedom and university autonomy, it proposes an understanding of university autonomy based in academic freedom. This approach is rooted in the recognition that such autonomy can be said to exist only insofar as the institution upholds the individual rights and freedoms of its own community, and thus the right of the wider public to science and truth.
The publication of the open access book "University Autonomy Decline: Causes, Responses, and Implications for Academic Freedom" was funded by the Open Societies Foundation and the Open Access Publishing Fund of the Leibniz Association.