polymathy here we come again for stem to steam ?


As i was visiting colleagues this summer i became aware of a
resurgence of an old
word : polymathy— it has an advantages over the us centric term of
“stem to steam”

eg discussed in: Experiences in Liberal Arts and Science Education
from America, Europe, and Asia
A Dialogue across Continents
Editors:William C. Kirby,  Marijk C. van der Wende
ISBN: 978-1-349-94891-8 (Print) 978-1-349-94892-5

carl gombrich in his pitch frames it in a way somilar to IDEO and
other design professionals
and companies call for “T shaped” individuals

Polymathy, New Generalism, and the Future of Work: A Little Theory and
Some Practice from UCL’s Arts and Sciences Degree
Carl Gombrich

It is a truism that we are at the beginning of a revolution, one that
is driven principally by technology but also involves other factors
such as globalization and problems of planetary scope. Graduate work,
too, is changing. More nations are becoming knowledge economies in
which services dominate and attributes such as creativity,
flexibility, and collegiality are valued in white-collar and
professional jobs at least as much as academic subject knowledge.

This chapter sketches a trajectory of higher education in its relation
to employment and argues that we see a re-emergence of polymathy and
generalism as both valued educational ambitions and central to the
future of work. Examples of University College London Arts and
Sciences student profiles are given and experiences of graduate
recruitment examined.

at our own university of texas we find this approach to polymathy:

UT Austin’s Polymathic Scholars Program:

do you know of other contemporary polymathy approaches ?


roger malina