The latest edition of The Future of Universities Thoughtbook | During Times of Crisis has been launched! Now available at https://futureuniversities.com
With the COVID-19 crisis, we have entered drastic times that require innovative and radical solutions. While taking up this challenge, universities and their partners across the globe have been breaking barriers and adjusting themselves and their operations to a new and uncertain reality. This may very well be the ultimate transformation and disruption of the higher education sector and their regional innovation ecosystems. But what does this mean for universities going forward?
Are universities set for a bleak future or are they about to take an even more central role in the society? As the rate of change in our societies accelerates and technology is increasingly adopted, universities face challenges like never before. Imagining how the future of universities might unfold in the light of these challenges and how they can shape the world during times of crisis is a difficult task, but it is a necessary one, if universities are to recapture a preeminent societal role.
This is precisely the task tackled by The Future of Universities Thoughtbook | Universities During Times of Crisis, which creates a vision for the future of higher education institutions and how they will impact their communities during times of crisis.
The Thoughtbook artfully collates a group of 45 diverse voices and narratives while sketching out the future roles of universities, their relevance, and their evolving position within the broader ecosystem of knowledge and innovation production. Collectively, professionals from across a spectrum of university, non-profit, industry, higher education associations, and government conceive a future pathway for universities to embrace their potential for intentional impact locally and globally, during and as a result of crisis. The authors’ broad areas of expertise, experience, and influence provide a thought-provoking 360-degree review of the global higher education ecosystem.
Amongst the contributors are thought leaders including Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, who describes the transformation of the higher education sector to become even more inclusive and digital, Heinz Fassman, Minister of Education, Science and Research, Austria, who reminds us of the agility and resilience of universities, as institutions of research, knowledge exchange and advancement, Giancarlo Caratti, Head of Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property Unit at the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC), who emphasized the importance to adopt a Europe-Wide set of Harmonised indicators for knowledge transfer, Michinari Hamaguchi, President of the Japan Science and Technology Agency, who describes a world where universities serve their local communities, Pascale Quester, Vice-Chancellor and President of Swinburne University of Technology, who imagines universities as ‘universally recognised as valued and indispensable parts of society’, as well as Santiago Iniguez, President of IE University, who emphasized it is time for education to become liquid, combining synchronous with asynchronous interaction and to personalize education.