The role of universities will reverse: They will no longer be viewed as a public good for social and economic success, or as an individual benefit for students in terms of career prospects. Instead they will become havens for personal development and self-realisation within an increasingly instrumentalised and marketised world of education and training. A negative scenario? Not necessarily.
Professor of European Youth Policy, Faculty of Business and Society, University of South Wales, Pontypridd|
Professor of European Youth Policy, Faculty of Business and Society, University of South Wales, Pontypridd
| ||Dr Howard Williamson is Professor of European Youth Policy at the University of South Wales in the United Kingdom. Previously he worked at the Universities of Oxford, Cardiff and Copenhagen and has held visiting positions at universities and research institutes in Hong Kong, Malta, Croatia, China, France, Australia and Iran. He is a qualified youth worker and ran a youth centre for 25 years in parallel with his academic research. He has advised many levels of governance on youth policy issues, from the Welsh and UK governments, the European Commission, the Council of Europe and the United Nations. He co-ordinated the Council of Europe’s international reviews of national youth policy and wrote three volumes on ‘Supporting Young People in Europe’ drawing lessons from the 21 country reviews. He is a trustee of Grassroots - the Cardiff City Centre Youth Project, the European Forum Alpbach Foundation, and the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award for Young People. Since 2002, he has been Organisational Secretary of the International Sociological Association Research Committee 34. In 2002, he was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) and, in 2016, a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO).|