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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Wise words from PVC Kevin McConkey

  • Do not "engage in ‘cosmetic quality assurance’ and ‘superficial higher education policies’".

  • “Education is not an end in itself. Education is a value.”

  • "frameworks do not matter as long as they achieve the appropriate outcomes".

Quotes from McConkey, Cebu City, April 2011.


  1. This sounds like a perfumed fart! Just look at the trail of debris he's left behind at the UoN. So he's gone to lecture the Japanese - he's the last person THEY need as they value efficiency, not bullshit. Why don't they keep him there for good? There'd be the biggest celebration in town!

  2. Those who use their power to destroy the careers of innocent people will get their just serve sooner or later.

  3. We should alert the Japanese to this website and they'll get a nasty shock when they see McConkey's track records at his own university. We'll ring up the mayor of Cebu first thing Monday. The good people of Asia should be warned of the globalisation of his particular brand of uni "management".

  4. The "management" that kills careers and destroys lives!

  5. I would like to put an ad in the Cebu paper in the Philippines giving them how many good people this man has sacked, transferred out the International Office in his Global Relations Section, let alone the number of academic careers he destroyed with his "policies".

  6. Where is he seeking "guidance" on behalf of the university today? The university obviously needs a lot of foreign "guides" for its operations.

  7. Interesting he's not making speeches in the "town hall" any more. There's a lady in town now. Is he losing control?

  8. He may need to hold on to his foreign guidance NOW more than any other time.

  9. We hear "external" and "independent" program reviews at the UoN are a funny business. They can be a big bullying exercise, but they can also bounce back to bite the bullies.

    Karma works magic sometimes and it definitely dishes out a few blows to the plotters.

  10. The recent promotion of known bullies is further proof of the saying "getting there through walking over dead bodies".

    By the way, whose motto is it?

  11. It's official: the UoN has advertised for a new DVC (Academic) in today's Australian newspaper.

    We will support the current incumbent to apply for his own job, in which he has excelled. It obviously comes with a generous salary package and even more bonuses.

    A new down and new vision for the this marvellous institution.

  12. Program reviews are a very powerful instrument indeed.

    It can be used to kick the downtrodden, get rid of tall poppies from certain pariah states regardless of their political leanings, but it can also back fire on the arch manipulators and racist bigots.

  13. Extreme chaos leads to extreme control.

    –Eastern wisdom for DVC (Global Relations)

  14. Duōxíng bùyì bìzìbì - Persisting in evil brings about self-destruction.

    – From "Master Zuo's Annals", Confucian Classic, circa. 400 BC

  15. This blogsite is fitting monument dedicated to the mysteriously departed!

  16. Prof McConkey has it all under control

  17. I hate bullying as much as the next person, and there certainly has been bullying at the University of Newcastle where I worked until not too long ago. HOWEVER, it is not McConkey who is the bully. I am, frankly, a great admirer of McConkey and I think there's a kind of pack mentality working against him that mistakes demeanour for actions. Kevin has done some really wonderful humanitarian things at Newcastle, in a local culture that can be mean spirited and nasty to outsiders. Look at the realy bullies at Newcastle, and see McConkey for the really good things he has done.