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The Pathway of Higher Education to Fast-track Direct Impact on the World

The second set of articles from The Future of Universities Thoughtbook |North American Edition brings the Principal from James K. Woodell LLC, James Woodell,  the President of  American Council on Education, Ted Mitchell, and the Vice Provost of Innovation and New Ventures at  UNHInnovation, Marc Sedam.

In his vision “Universities as Partners: Some Principles”, James Woodell defines principles that university leaders might adopt to form successful partnerships with business, government and society to constantly works towards flexibility, nimbleness and agility.

In the article “Past as Prologue” Ted Mitchell looks back on the past and how higher education has adapted throughout time without sacrificing basic values. Innovativeness, relevance, and committed leadership of US universities remain the engines of social mobility and generators of knowledge.

In his visualization of the future in “An Educational Frame-shift”, Marc Sedam foresees universities will not be the gatekeepers of distribution of knowledge any longer. Instead a frame-shift will take place with future students making an impact on the world earlier than ever before.

The Future of Universities Thoughtbook | North American Edition is a compilation of 40 visions written by North American experts detailing what universities will look like by 2040.

The Thoughtbook artfully collates a group of 40 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. They are divided into 5 thematic sections – Disrupting Education, Collision of Technology and Humanity, Socially Engaged University, University-Business Cooperation and Institutional Change. With different foci, each of them contributes to creating insightful for further dialogue on how universities would shape the future by 2040. In doing so, a wide palette of university future scenarios comes to light.

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