23 Things they didn't tell you about capitalism

Date: 12 December 2013

Venue: University of Antwerp, Stadscampus, Hof Van Liere, F. de Tassiszaal - Prinsstraat 13 - 2000 Antwerpen

Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Organization / co-organization: UCSIA in cooperation with IOB

Short description: Public Evening Lecture by Prof. Ha-Joon Chang.

Does Higher Education Make a Country Richer?

The University Centre Saint-Ignatius Antwerp invites the Korean -British de Koreaans-Britse Ha-Joon Chang to hold the UCSIA-Teaching Chair at the University of Antwerp in 2013. Ha-Joon CHANG reveals some of the '23 things they didn’t tell you about capitalism', a pleasant but striking experience. Some examples will illustrate the importance of critical and informed judgment about claims in the area of economics and economic policy. The guest speaker will zoom in on the importance of higher education. It is claimed that (more) higher education lends a region or a country access to the blessings of the knowledge economy.  The European Bologna reforms and national educational policies aim to tune the university system with the needs of innovation and productivity growth. Universities and schools of higher education are expected to deliver an increasing output of graduates, doctorates, peer-reviewed publications, patents, etc. in an efficient and hence measurable way. Does such a strategy make sense? Is 'the knowledge economy' a pertinent concept? What about the noble expectation that higher education should make better persons and more responsible citizens?

Prof. Ha-Joon Chang
Ha-Joon Chang makes a scholarly and a broad audience critically reflect on established views on the economy and economic policy. He became known in Belgium for his book Things They Didn't Tell You about Capitalism. Chang was born and grew up in Korea during the sixties, which gave him a good eye for the role a government can play in a market economy with companies such as LG. In 1992, he received his doctor's degree from teh University of Cambridge where he teaches political economy. Ha-Joon Chang researches economic growth and industrial development.  He was a counselor of United Nations - organizations including UNDESA, UNDP, ILO en UNCTAD and of multilateral organizations such as the World Bank, The Asian Development bank and the European Investment Bank. He was also a consultant to multinational companies and NGO's among others ActionAid, Christian Aid en Oxfam International. Ha-Joon Chang's research was rewarded with prizes including the Gunnar Myrdal Prize, the Wassily Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought and the Pony Chung Innovation Prize. His books have been translated into many languages and published worldwide, including: Economics: The User Guide (Penguin, forthcoming 2013), 23 Things They Don't Tell You about Capitalism (Allen Lane, 2010), Bad Samaritans – Rich Nations, Poor Policies, and the Threat to the Developing World (Random House, 2007). Reclaiming Development – An Alternative Economic Policy Manual (Zed Press, 2004), Kicking Away the Ladder. Development Strategy in Historical Perspective (Anthem Press, 2002).

Within the framework of the UCSIA-chair 2013-14, IOB (Institute of Development Policy and Management) and the Faculty of Applied Economics.

Entrance fee: Free

Registration: Free but compulsory: http://www.ucsia.org/main.aspx?c=*UCSIA2&n=116354

Contact email: marijke.celis@uantwerpen.be

Contact phone: +32 3 265 49 60

Link: http://www.ucsia.org/main.aspx?c=*UCSIA2&n=116354