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Openness means different things, and poses substantial challenges to
the education system and to publicly funded institutions. The biggest
of these perhaps is the increasingly polarised internal struggle faced
by institutions as HEIs are expected to be open, transparent, and
accessible, and at the same time requires them to be protective of
their constituency and engage in competitive battles with peer
institutions, private education providers, and the wider economy at
The question arises, whether the concepts of a highly competitive
global knowledge economy and those of global openness are mutually
exclusive or whether institutions can balance these in their favour
and for the benefit of wider society.
The presentation highlights some of the issues that lie beneath the
surface, leading to tensions in and around the education system. It
will also touch upon the search for OER business models that are
compatible with the demands put to institutions and that can secure
their longer term future.
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