In April 2016, twelve academics and researchers from Europe, North America and South America met at Barcelona’s Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) to discuss the most important challenges facing universities from educational and organizational perspectives. The purpose was to open up to new strategic horizons for the future and to respond to the opportunities that the digital economy is offering to higher education institutions. University of the Future Network was created then as a space committed to research and academic consideration of the future of higher education worldwide. In July 2017 the Network met at the FernUniversität in Hagen, Germany, and welcomed new members from Africa and Australia. Today it supports and contributes to this event’s planning and academic supervision in Bogotá Colombia.
University of the Future Network focuses on the analysis of the following topics: access, equality and inclusion in universities; curriculum development, teaching and quality, and use of technology; business models and sustainability; research, policy and practice; and linking universities, industries and graduate employment.
Debates and analysis at University of the Future Network pivot on assessing new models for the “University of the Future” based on ongoing investigations and with the contribution and participation of institutions from around the globe, within the wider context of:
- Dual-mode university models and the evolution of university business models.
- Promoting truly trans-disciplinary teaching, learning and knowledge creation.
- The role information technology plays in the university of the future.
- The role an education in liberal arts plays in the universities of the future.
- Management opportunities and challenges: new registration procedures for students, library access, interaction with instructors, etc.
- The issue of access to programs and courses by geographically remote and non-traditional students.
- Access to higher education for students with disabilities.
- The workplace as an extension of the classroom: radical changes in financial and organizational operations.
- Forming partnerships with industry and nonprofit organizations: future models of university entrepreneurship.
- DR. MARTHA BURKLE DR. ELIZABETH CHARLES PROF. MICHAEL POWER (Canada)
- PROF. ALEC GERSHBERG (USA)
- DR. CARINA LION (Argentina)
- PROF. JOSEP MARIA DUART MONTOLIU (Spain)
- DR. CRISTOBAL COBO PROF. MAIREAD DUNE PROF. ALAN TAIT (United Kingdom)
- DR. UTA WHEN (Netherlands)
- DR. EVA CENDON (Germany)
- PROF. SARAH GURI-ROSENBLIT (Israel)
- DR. ANDREA MANGIATORDI (Italy)
- DR. NAREND BAIJNATH (Southafrica)