The trilogy

Jante Universitet. Episoder fra livet bag murene, 3 bind, Hamburg: tredition, 2013
(Jante University: Episodes from Live Behind the Wall. 3 vol.s)

The experiences of an international professor who spends three years at a Danish New Public Management university, combined with a systematic analysis of the university’s problems and their consequences for society and economy.
Order at:
http://www.tredition.de/?books/ID28944/Jante-Universitet  (Volume 1)
http://www.tredition.de/?books/ID28948/Jante-Universitet (Volume 2)
http://www.tredition.de/?books/ID36042/Jante-Universitet (Volume 3)
or via Amazon.

A short English version with some of the essential analyses of the fatal consequences of New Public Management on university education will come out under the title “Educational Disaster” in autumn 2013.
Excerpts from the trilogy can be downloaded already under Downloads.

The principle: Handbook and documentary novel
The trilogy offers a novel-like story with authentic documenation  that uncovers the reality behind the university’s impenetrable walls.
At the same time, the three books can be used as a systematic handbook offering focus-analyses of the decisive problems of the New Public Management university in Denmark. The books’ episodes are short units that function as rounded analyses on basis of authentic documentation. By means of the general index the reader can choose individual problems and find the corresponding episodes.
Apart from this, the trilogy offers two “short cuts” that summarize both the story and the analysis and can be read as mini-books within two hours.

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Cover Jante Universitet Vol 1

Jante Universitet: Episoder fra livet bag murene. Bind 1: Den skønne facade
(Jante University: Episodes from Life Behind the Wall. Vol. 1: The Beautiful Facade)
460 pages, ISBN: 978-3-8495-0351-2, language: Danish
http://www.tredition.de/?books/ID28944/Jante-Universitet
Paperback: 35,00 Euroebook: 28,00 EuroHardcover: 45,00 Euro

  • Plot: The German professor Liane has been headhunted as international capacity to Jante University in Denmark. In the course of one year she discovers a scandalous system behind the university’s beautiful facade – a system that goes directly against academic standards and critical thought.
  • Analysis: Den skønne facade presents the power games, intrigues and meaningless curricula at a Danish New Public Management university, while the university’s beautiful facade simulates international standards on “world class” level. The university managers systematically reject and block research and teaching that would meet international academic standards.

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Cover Jante Universitet Vol 2

Jante Universitet: Episoder fra livet bag murene. Bind 2: Uddannelseskatastrofen
(Jante University: Episodes from Life Behind the Wall. Vol. 2: The Educational Disaster)
532 pages, ISBN: 978-3-8495-0350-5, language: Danish
http://www.tredition.de/?books/ID28948/Jante-Universitet
Paperback: 35,00 Euroebook: 28,00 EuroHardcover: 45,00 Euro

  • Plot: Every attempt to establish well-founded work in research and teaching is being blocked. Liane is confronted with rejection, censorship and increasing chicaneries: the atmosphere at her institute becomes more and more stifling. Liane’s last expedient is to speak publicly about the scandalous system. Her criticism triggers a flood of critical articles about the disastrous level of academic education in the Danish humanities.
  • Analysis: Uddannelseskatastrofen presents the scandalous dimension of a corrupted university system which already has bereaved several generations of young Danes of their right to a well-founded academic education. The consequences hit the entire society and have fatal consequences for Denmark’s international competitiveness.

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Cover Gothic 1

Jante Universitet: Episoder fra livet bag murene. Bind 3: Totalitære strukturer
(Jante University: Episodes from Life Behind the Wall. Vol. 3: Totalitarian Structures)
680 pages, ISBN: 978-3-8495-0266-9, language: Danish
http://www.tredition.de/?books/ID36042/Jante-Universitet
Paperback: 45,00 Euroebook: 35,00 EuroHardcover: 52,00 Euro

  • Plot: The reaction of a New Public Management university on a staff member’s public criticism is clear: the professor must be fired. The dean uses her approved “consultants” to drive Liane out – going against several of the professor’s basic human rights. Liane’s resistance triggers a media tsunami that finally ignites the Danes’ smouldering wrath. In a system, where sound legal protection does not exist, Liane is bereaved of her rights – and yet she leaves Jante University as winner with an intact integrity and excellent perspectives for a better life.
  • Analysis: Totalitære strukturer focusses on a university management that goes against law and human rights in order maintain their power machine. The volume concludes with an analysis of the devastating consequences of the New Public Management system for higher education. Finally, an alternative is presented, showing how the university’s principles of quality, effectiveness and academic productivity can be re-established in other contexts.

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