Global Edition

Are universities doomed or are they about to experience a renaissance and more central role in our societies? As the rate of change in our societies accelerates and technology is increasingly adopted, universities are set to be challenged like never before. Envisaging how the future of universities would unfold in the light of these challenges may seem like a difficult task, but it is a necessary one for universities to take to avoid a more pessimistic future.
The Future of Universities Thoughtbook provides illuminating insights from global experts including leaders from business, higher education sector, science, policy agencies, and governments. Owing to their expertise and positions the contributions have been able to provide a thought-provoking 360-degree review of universities and how they could potentially impact our societies in the future.

The 40 visions are divided into 6 thematic sections – Disrupting Teaching and Learning, Collision of Technology and Humanity, Future of Science and Academic World, Socially-Engaged Universities, University-Business Cooperation and Institutional Change. With different foci, each of them contributes to creating insightful fora for further dialogue on how universities would shape the future by 2040.

  • Todd Davey

    The University Industry Innovation Network - Institute Mines-Télécom Business School

  • Arno Meerman

    The University Industry Innovation Network

  • Balzhan Orazbayeva

    The University Industry Innovation Network

  • Max Riedel

    Zeiss

  • Victoria Galan Muros

    GIID - The University Industry Interaction Network

  • Carolin Plewa

    University of Adelaide

  • Natascha Eckert

    Siemens

Australian Edition

Envisaging how the future of universities could unfold in the light of the global challenges may seem like a difficult task, but it is a necessary one for universities to take charge. This is precisely the task tackled by The Future of Universities Thoughtbook | Australian Edition, which specifically focuses on the future of the Australian higher education system.
Collating together diverse voices and narratives, The Thoughtbook sketches out the future roles of universities, as well as their relevance and position within the wider ecosystem of knowledge and innovation production. The Future of Universities Thoughtbook | Australian Edition brings together 20 visions from invited professionals, together with some shorter thought pieces by the editors, to create a vision for the future of universities and how they could potentially impact the world and their community by 2040.

  • Balzhan Orazbayeva

    The University Industry Innovation Network

  • Carolin Plewa

    University of Adelaide

  • Todd Davey

    The University Industry Innovation Network - Institute Mines-Télécom Business School

  • Arno Meerman

    The University Industry Innovation Network

  • Ixchel Brennan

    KPMG

  • John Szabo

    University of Technology Sydney

  • Natalie Forde

    University of South Australia

  • Margie Atkinson

    CSIRO

  • Jacyl Shaw

    GHD Digital

  • Kathryn Anderson

    New Venture Institute

North American Edition

The Future of Universities Thought book | North American Edition focuses on the future of the North American higher education system. Yes, even in North American institutions, many of whom are regularly thought to be the envy of the world, transformative and fast-paced circumstances today require new ideas for inspiring the university of the future.
This edition of The Thought book that brings together 40 visions becomes a thought starter for the development of the Future-Oriented North American University whereby academics and students work in real-time symbiotic partnerships with industry, government, and societal stakeholders to simultaneously create and implement new knowledge and solutions to address business and social issues.

  • Arno Meerman

    The University Industry Innovation Network

  • Balzhan Orazbayeva

    The University Industry Innovation Network

  • Todd Davey

    The University Industry Innovation Network - Institute Mines-Télécom Business School

  • Cameron McCoy

    Lehigh University

  • Carolin Plewa

    University of Adelaide

  • Victoria Galan Muros

    GIID - The University Industry Interaction Network

  • Mason Ailstock

    HR&A Advisors

  • Courtney Brown

    Lumina Foundation