Bill Readings:

“We hear a lot of talk from University administrators about excellence because it has become the unifying principle of the contemporary University. As an integrating principle, excellence has the singular advantage of being entirely meaningless, non-referential. . . The appeal to excellence marks the fact that there is no longer any idea of the University, or rather that the idea has now lost all content. . . All that the system requires is for activity to take place, and the empty notion of excellence refers to nothing other than the optimal input/output ratio in matters of information. . . the University of Excellence serves nothing other than itself, another corporation in a world of transnationally exchanged capital.”

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