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Join the conversation about creating a new vision for higher education

“Business as usual” is not acceptable.

In June 2010, nearly 100 academics and policymakers came together at Dublin City University (Ireland) to plan for Re-inventing the University.  Hosted by DCU and Arizona State University (USA), the participants made a series of recommendations for dramatic changes in how higher education operates. 

The goal is a global dialogue on this important theme.  Join now by adding your opinions on the directions needed for higher education if universities are to contribute to their communities and to the grand challenges facing our world.

Click on one of the comment boxes below to add your opinions and to read the submissions of others.
 

 1.  In a period of growing global uncertainty and complexity the higher education sector needs to ‘return to basics’, to critically re-consider its mission(s) and to forge a vision for the future.
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 2.  We need to develop the debate on the impact of higher education on economic development in term of both private and social returns to the innovation/knowledge economy.
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3.  The higher education system needs to be more socially embedded if it is to be sustainable and, in this context, life long learning and participation need to be addressed pro-actively.
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4.  In the global knowledge economy, research needs to be both transdisciplinary and translational if it is to respond to social needs and contribute to socio-economic development.
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5.  Internationalisation is about more than overseas student recruitment, and must include international development co-operation to address global issues which affects us all. 
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6.  Innovation in the higher education system needs to include greater emphasis on the arts and culture not only for economic benefit but also to enhance our quality of life.
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7.  The staff and students of universities are individual citizens, but we must also consider how civic engagement can strive to make our institutions ‘good citizens’ for a sustainable future.
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8.  There is a need to dispel the perceived opaqueness (from an external perspective) of the higher education systems and operation and to greatly improve our communications systems.
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9.  We reaffirm the traditional values of university autonomy and the pursuit of knowledge for the higher education system within a context of shared responsibility and social accountability.
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10.  We should pursue the new university design principles in a differerentiated manner according to our distinctive missions and reform our curricula to better serve current social needs. 
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