Institutions of Higher Learning
The Aims of this Foundation
● The creation of places of higher learning in Australia that are “natural and human”, which are of a scale and style which promotes the development of genuine, vital, communities of learning.
● A human-centred education in which knowledge of the world and self-knowledge are always united in teaching and learning methodology. This pathway of knowledge is inspired by the ideal of freedom in higher learning. Knowledge of world founded on knowledge of the human being.
● Research, genuine self-enquiry, as fundamental to learning and not just for academics.
● An education of the whole human being. The traditional doctoral ideal of education is focused on the “head”, the intellect. The new educational ideal of the whole human being embraces the powers of imagination and intuition. The cultivation of cognitive imagination - a "living" pictorial form of thinking.
● A marriage of science and art, at least in a core orientation course of studies shared by all students. This is the way of learning which Steiner developed from the artistic and scientific methods of Goethe.
● A centre of cultural and spiritual freedom in accordance with the impulse of the threefold social order. This means the striving for autonomy and self-responsibility in teaching, learning and organisational management, inspired by the ideal of freedom. The will and commitment to work with the threefold social organisation as expressed in the governing documents of the institution.
● Sustainability as an underlying orientation in the sense developed by Steiner in his lectures on world economy. This links the institution of higher learning to the economic sphere, where the development of a balanced, fructifying relationship of nature and human spirit is all-important.
Related institutions overseas
“An appeal was signed by all the pupils of the 12th Class … We should like to enter a university in which our education could be as natural and human as it is now in the Waldorf School.”
Rudolf Steiner, Human Values in Education, Lecture 10.
This refers to the pupils of the first Rudolf Steiner (Waldorf) School, in Stuttgart in 1923.
Several well-established institutions overseas provide models for what is possible in Australia. Potentially they could serve as links and partners for a tertiary institution in this country based on the educational and social principles developed by Rudolf Steiner. These are Alanus University for the Arts and Social Sciences in Germany and Heliopolis University in Egypt.