Universities are transformational forces in society today. They must apply their knowledge and problem-solving capabilities to the challenges facing their communities and the world.
The University Design Consortium, a boundary-spanning organization founded by Arizona State University (USA) and Sichuan University (China), challenges public universities around the world to develop innovative strategies to address the complex issues of the 21st century. Designed as both a think tank and a “do” tank, the consortium engages academic leaders and policy makers to share ideas, generate solutions, and take action to make a difference in society.
The University Design Consortium is guided by the following values and principles:
to encourage new models of academic work and organization
to work in partnership with universities worldwide in global dialogue on higher education reform
to identify entrepreneurial practices and promote their wide adaptation
to foster positive change in teaching, learning and research
to make a positive difference in society
to conduct our work with high quality and to encourage others to do the same