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Seminar: 'The student as consumer, client or co-producer?'

Massification of higher education as well as reforms inspired by new public management ideas are changing the way how students are seen by academic staff, institutional leaders, governments, as well as by students themselves. Students can be seen as consumers, clients, co-producers, but also apprentices, pawns, cash-cows, etc. The lecture provided an overview of the different perspectives on students and reflect on (a) their origins and ideological underpinnings, (b) the relation to academic disciplines and different types of higher education stakeholders, and (c) the implications for teaching, learning, governance and funding of higher education.

Lecturer: Martina Vukasović (Department of Sociology, Faculty of Political and Social Sciences, Ghent University)

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Coordination and contact: Ms. Meta Gorup (


The seminar is part of the series 'Higher Education: Global challenges and multi-disciplinary perspectives.'

In a series of eight seminars, internationally recognised scholars will address some of the most salient issues in higher education research, such as the position and role of students in higher education, public vs. private higher education, internationalisation and mobility, performance management, access to higher education and Europeanization.