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Universities have evolved significantly over the centuries, and in the 21st century,they continue to evolve. The trend towards online study, which has been accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic, raises the question of whether universities will always have physical campuses. And in Australia, the government is steering students towards STEM careers and away from the humanities.

In this episode, Tom discusses these issues with Professor Jill Downie, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic at Curtin University.

  • Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on students [01:14]
  • Reliance on international students [03:36]
  • Immersive online experiences in university teaching and learning [11:54]
  • The humanities [15:27]
  • Mass higher education [18:56]

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You can read the full transcript for the episode here.