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University Design Good Practices- Case Studies

Each category contains short case studies on innovative projects that have been implemented in different areas of the globe.

Community Engagement

Case studies in this category describe the collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity (Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching).

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Organizational Design

Most universities in the world today are structured according to a model developed in 19th century Germany. They need to rethink the way they are organized in order to meet the challenges facing our world in the 21st century. These case studies describe universities and organizations that are creating new models for higher education internationally.


Internationalization in higher education includes foreign languages; study abroad; international education requirements in curricula; institutional partnerships; international awareness; international faculty and students, and so on. These case studies all deal with higher education and various aspects of internationalization.


Sustainability has been defined as: “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” - Brundtland Report 1987 “Sustainability is a way to grow and prosper while reducing the stress on the planet.” - Michael Crow, President, Arizona State University.  The case studies in this category describe universities around the world using different approaches to address a myriad of sustainability issues.

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