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Universities to Pave the Way to the New Venture Creation Through Symbiotic Triple Helix

The fourth set of articles from The Future of Universities Thoughtbook |North American Edition introduces the Executive Director of National Campus Leadership Council (NCLC), Andy MacCracken, the Founder and President of Education design Lab, Kathleen deLaski, and Executive Director and Associate Vice President for Technology and Venture at the University of Utah, Keith Marmer.

In the article “A strategy for survival: Student Voice”, Andy MacCracken predicts that the student voice will hold more power to make or break institutional success. Thriving through this evolution will be agile university leaders actively seeking ways to engage and include students’ concerns throughout the decision-making process.

In her vision of the future, “The Learner Revolution”, Kathleen deLaski foretells a shift towards high-touch pathways where students are valued as “customers”. The “learner revolution” will deconstruct the degree as we know it. Creating a world where a learner will not be tied to one university and a degree is not the primary metric of success. Five models will emerge driven by market forces or imagined through an in-person or hybrid lens.

Keith Marmer imagines an expanded innovation and new venture creation role of universities in his article, “Technology Commercialization – Connective Tissue for a Modern Triple Helix”. This vision suggests a true academic evolution where universities will be central to innovation and knowledge commercialization. Industry and government continue to look at universities as engines for economic development.

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.

The Future of Universities Thoughtbook | North American Edition

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