The Future of Universities

Perspectives on how engaged and entrepreneurial universities
will drive growth and shape our knowledge-driven future until 2040

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Why The FUT _ ?

Facing enormous global challenges, there is an immediate need to better align universities with business innovation supply chains, talent needs of employers as well as regional needs more generally. Moreover, the development of knowledge-driven, ‘smart’ development of our societies needs informed leadership.

Despite this, we experienced a distinct lack of inspiration and innovation in the higher education sector. Most discussions and models of higher education involve incremental adaptations of the existing models, which are far from adventurous and often only involve adding technology.

We firmly believe that universities need to embrace change and seize the opportunity to define how they contribute to a prosperous society, or risk becoming irrelevant. But how? And for what future? The best way to avoid a new disruptor into your market is to disrupt your own market from within… Then the questions are, how will it all look in 2040 and will universities be willing to do it?


The Future of Universities Thoughtbook brings together visions from invited professionals and three from the editors to create a vision for the future of universities and how they could potentially impact the world and their community over the next 20 years.

Leading international thought and practice leaders from business, the higher education sector, science, policy agencies, and governments will explore the topic of university engagement through an inspiring collection of thoughts, ideas and discoveries explaining how universities and their partners will shape our knowledge-driven future.

Meet the contributors who co-created the vision of the future universities
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