The first set of articles from The Future of Universities Thoughtbook | Universities During Times of Crisis introduces Higher Education Chef at UNESCO, Peter Wells, Secretary General at EUA, Amanda Crowfoot and President of the Université de Bordeaux, Manuel Tunon de Lara.
In his article ‘What If…?’, Peter Wells poetically poses critical questions of universities and their facets. He concludes that 2020, even though creating heart-breaking misery for millions, also has revolutionized higher education, by creating unimagined opportunities, access, hope and courage.
In her article ‘COVID-19 and Universities: Embracing the Moment as a Catalyst for Positive Change’, Amanda Crowfoot emphasises that now is the time to reflect on how to capitalise the changes that have taken place in recent months. In doing so, she highlights the role of COVID-19 in reflecting on what constitutes as good higher education and how to deliver it, as well as the consequences of the recent changes on a policy making level.
In his article ‘Crisis May Bring Forward Positive Changes for Universities’, Manuel Tunon de Lara writes that while the pandemic has put a spotlight on the antiquated aspects of Higher Education, this did not induce the necessary changes in all universities. He explains that universities will need to continuously reposition and optimise their core ‘business’ and invest in disruption.
The Future of Universities Thoughtbook | Universities During Times of Crisis is a compilation of 45 perspectives of international thought and practice leaders.
The Thoughtbook has gathered the perspectives of champions at the forefront on how universities can shape the world during times of crisis, presenting a range of possible futures. This edition creates a vision for the future of higher education institutions and how they will impact their communities during times of crisis, complementing the inaugural international Future of Universities Thoughtbook and the Australian and North American editions. The contributions are divided into six thematic sections – Imagine a University…, Crisis as a Driving Force, Disrupting Teaching and Learning, Collision of Technology and Humanity, Socially Engaged University and Entrepreneurship and University-Industry Interaction. Together, the articles provide a 360-degree view of universities from the perspective of different stakeholder groups.
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