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“The University of the Future” by MIR Professor Gaudenz Assenza

Written on December 21, 2010 by Ángeles Figueroa-Alcorta in Culture & Society, News

Concept Paper: The University of the Future. A Blueprint. 

By Professor Gaudenz Assenza

A growing number of scholars believe that the future of university education lays in a reform of the existing model. If changes are to be successful, they must go beyond the symptomatic reforms of higher education in past decades. In this concept paper, Gaudenz Assenza outlines some of the reforms needed to create what he calls “The University for the Future” – an institution that is nimble, flexible and prescient, detecting social changes earlier and responding to them faster than the established system of higher education. The paper includes many concrete and practicable proposals to fix problems in higher education. It also introduces a new 6-Level Framework that helps design the changes in a systematic manner. In the final section of the paper, five options for implementing the University for the Future are outlined. The appendix presents an interview, in which the author explains the 6-Level Framework.

This paper develops a blueprint for the “University for the Future” that integrates proven concepts with new features to expand the horizons of higher education. The ambition is not to build the best university of the world, but the best university for the world. Likewise, it is not a University of the Future, but for the future. This means that the purpose is not to build a utopia – something that may or may not work at some point in the future. The purpose is to put energy into activities that prepare the future and that are aligned with what is emerging in any particular context.

The three parts of this paper correspond to the three main areas needing reform: 1) Research, 2) Education and 3) Value.

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Comments

rabaty August 31, 2013 - 4:12 pm

You should check this out…

I saw this really great post today….

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