Having a university degree is grossly overrated

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Having an education can change people's lives, but is a university degree the be all and end all? Once the preserve of the elite, a degree is now accessible to more Australians than ever. But does this make Australia a 'clever country' or just a 'credentialed country'? On average those who have degrees earn considerably more than those who don't. But does this average hide the many university graduates who have relatively low skilled, poorly paid jobs? And what about those who are not academically inclined? Skilled tradespeople are crucial to the effective functioning of society and can...  [+] Show more

Subjects: Higher education; Qualifications; Vocational education and training; Employment; Skills and knowledge

Keywords: No Frills Conference; Opinion

Geographic subjects: Oceania; Australia

Published: Sydney, New South Wales: Ethics Centre, 2012

Physical description: video (92 min.)

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Also called: IQ2 debate: having a university degree is grossly overrated

Conference number: 21st

Date: 2012

Place: Adelaide, South Australia

Series: Intelligence squared debates; 11 July 2012

Statement of responsibility: Moderator: Simon Longstaff; Panelists: Annabel Crabb (For); Peter Shergold (For); Lynn Arnold (For); David Finegold (Against); Stephen Johnston (Against); and Amanda Vanstone (Against).

The National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) partnered with St James Ethics Centre to present an Intelligence Squared Australia (IQ2) live debate at the Adelaide Town Hall on 11 July 2012.
An explanation and transcript by Peter Shergold is available at: https://www.uws.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0009/375642/IQ2_debate_web18_jul12_3.pdf

Resource type: Audiovisual

Document number: TD/TNC 123.56

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