Discourses and arguments in defence of the “public” nature of Chilean universities. The case of G9
The following essay analyzes the discourses around the “public” condition in Chilean private universities that are part of the G9 Net, and that define themselves as non-state institutions, associated to the Presidents’ Council. We intend to characterize the arguments that represent the ideological matrix of this association, and that was specifically addressed to by the reform to higher education developed in
COGENCY Vol. 10, N0. 1 (79-104), Winter 2018 ISSN 0718-8285 Chile, during Michelle Bachelet’s Administration (2013-2018), as a consequence of the students’ protests in year 2011. Building from the discourses analysis, contained in editorial articles of G9’s members, between the years 2013 to 2018, available in national press media, we state that the arguments of the association move from the struggle for recognition and “public” identity of their institutions, to the strategic instrumental defence of their interests. Based on this work we establish that, around the debate on reform to Chile’s higher education, the discourses shape as a corporate defence of interests, rather than a public deliberation about the sense and ends of higher education.