Posted by: bluesyemre | January 17, 2016

Challenge-driven #universities to solve global problems

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In 2016, new kinds of university will emerge, mobilising some of the world’s 150 million students to work on our most pressing problems, says Geoff Mulgan. Recent years have brought a huge expansion of student numbers – up to 150 million worldwide and potentially over 260 million by 2025. In parallel, university wealth has mushroomed, reflected in a myriad of building projects and rising salaries for university leaders.

But critics worry that universities aren’t using their new strength to give more back to the places they’re based in. What’s rewarded in universities is either the quality of teaching, or the quality of research as judged by other academics – both very important, but not the whole story.

Universities could be providing much more brainpower to solve the problems of the communities they live in. But incentives point in the opposite direction, for example towards attracting foreign students, or getting research published, and most rely on very traditional teaching methods – lectures, course notes, tutorials – which turn students away from practical engagement with society.

http://www.nesta.org.uk/2016-predictions/challenge-driven-universities

 


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