The article deals with the current state of higher education, where moral liberalism, pragmatism and utilitarianism could alternatively prevail. Nowadays higher education is generally valued and appreciated according to its level of utility, in a postmodern sense, i.e. with respect to efficiency and effectiveness. However, another higher education is possible, as the history of university and the philosophy of education shows us. Higher education has also to do with a process of personal transformation in the deepest sense of the term. For this reason, the article proposes to recover three aspects, namely: the recognition of the student as a true subject of moral learning; the moral excellence of higher education; and finally, learning specific disci¬plines and their contents.
Keywords: Higher education; ethics; philosophy of education; university teaching; higher education policy