17 May 2019 | Budapest

Balzhan Orazbayeva and a/Prof. Todd Davey, S2BMRC team members and the co-creators of The Future of Universities Thoughtbook and The Future of Universities Thoughtbook | Australian Edition were invited to host a workshop on Designing the Future Universities at the 29th Annual EURASHE Conference last week in Budapest. This year's conference was devoted to the topic 'Future Students. Future Universities. Future Jobs. Professional Higher Education in the Changing World' and engaged international professionals, business representatives, academics and HEI managers from several European countries.

Future Universities Workshop held in Budapest

Attended by rectors, visionaries, knowledge transfer professionals and academic leaders alike, this workshop engaged participants in some creative destruction of the university and the co-creation of a possible future. Imagining the future of the university, the university was torn down and built again with a future lens. To inspire their thinking, co-collaborators were briefed on the six primary roles of the future university, which have been identified in the Future of Universities Thoughtbook (www.futureuniversities.com).

This roles are set to shape the success of universities to evolve and prosper in the face of intense pressure and competition. Considering their work in the workshop, participants were challenged to define major actions required to push and nudge the university towards their imagined future. The workshop aided collaborators to co-create a vision of the future university and the clear steps required to get there.

The Future of Universities Thoughtbook (www.futureuniversities.com) is a global initiative collecting visions on the future university, supported by the European Commission, Siemens, S2MBRC and UIIN amongst others. Thus far, Global and Australian editions of the Thoughtbook have been created, which invited more than 60 experts and leaders from a range of stakeholders groups to contribute their vision for the future of universities, around six topics.

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