Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Barcelona

As part of the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) Research Week 2016, UOC organized a global summit held in Barcelona on 20-21 April 2016 entitled “The Universities of the Future: Educational and Organizational Challenges”. The main aims of the global summit were to create a global network of researchers interested in the future of universities and debate and discuss the most important challenges facing universities from educational and organizational perspectives.

About the meeting

Activities of the summit included a variety of events to achieve its aims and goals. These included the main research workshops, a round table on the future of universities and a doctoral student research seminar. Further details of these summit activities can be seen in Appendix A. The focus of these events was the creation of “university of the future” models for integrative, boundary-crossing and collaborative institutions within the wider context of:

  • Current dual-mode university models and the evolution of university business models
  • Fostering truly trans-disciplinary teaching, learning, and knowledge creation
  • The role of information technology in the university of the future models
  • The role of a liberal arts education in the universities of the future
  • Management opportunities and challenges: new registration procedures for students, library access, interaction with instructors, etc.
  • The problem of access to programs and courses by geographically remote and nontraditional students
  • Access to higher education for students with disabilities
  • The workplace as an extension of the classroom: radical changes financial and organizational operation
  • Creating alliances with industry and non-profit organizations: future university entrepreneurship models

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