That's the question being posed at the next Ideas and Society forum. La Trobe Vice-Chancellor Professor John Dewar will discuss his views on the future of Australian university education on Wednesday 1 July.
La Trobe Chancellor, Professor Adrienne Clarke and Ideas and Society convenor Professor Robert Manne will join Professor Dewar for the discussion.
The event will be held at the John Scott Meeting House, Melbourne Campus, from 12.30-2pm.
Professor Manne encouraged the La Trobe community to attend.
"Professor Dewar has played a leading role among Australian Vice-Chancellors in the recent policy discussions about the university," Professor Manne said.
"It will be extremely interesting to hear his thoughts about the significance of the university in the life of contemporary society; and what if anything is distinctive about the idea of the university in Australia today.
"The discussion is sure to provide insight into how universities in Australia are likely to evolve in both the immediate future and in the longer term.
"We are also very pleased that La Trobe University's distinguished Chancellor, Professor Adrienne Clarke, will be chairing this event and joining the discussion."
What: Ideas and Society: The Future of the Australia University
When: 12.30-2pm, Wednesday 1 July 2015
Where: John Scott Meeting House, Melbourne Campus
RSVP: To secure your seat, register via the website.
Additional info: Follow the conversation on Twitter: #ideasandsociety. Live streaming will also be available.