Impact of technology on learning and scholarship

GK Contributions, Research & Innovation, Teaching & Learning

Recently I took on the challenge of teaching a course to Undergraduatestudents at Singapore Management University. It had been more than20 years since I had taught any Undergraduates, having spent most of my career at Graduate Business Schools. I did it partially because many of my younger colleagues had told me that teaching had changed tremendously.

From moocs to moors – a movement towards humboldt 2-0

GK Contributions, Missions & Responsibilities, Research & Innovation, Teaching & Learning

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have attracted a lot of attention in the academic world in general and presidents’ officesmore particularly. But some worry that this model of teaching is a step back to a vertical and unidirectional model of knowledge transmission and that it breaks down the Humboldtian contract of mutual enrichment between teaching and research.

Universities. Serving as, and Educating Global Citizens

GK Contributions, Missions & Responsibilities, Teaching & Learning

Four years ago, in Sydney, Australia, 2.2 million citizens turned their lights off for one hour to take a stand against climate change. Last March, only four years later, 5,251 cities in 135 countries responded to the same call and turned their lights off for “The Earth Hour”, including places such as the United Arab Emirates, Bolivia and Palestine (Earth …

Research Universities and Sustainable Development with special Reference to India and IIT Madras

GK Challenges, Contributions, Missions & Responsibilities, Teaching & Learning

Rapid advances in technology have had dramatic consequences. The environment that moulded life on earth over many millennia is being altered and even replaced dynamically, endangering the very life whose quality science and technology seek to improve. The overwhelming concern of all societies today  is that of sustainability  

International STEM Education for Global Sustainability

GK Challenges, Contributions, Governance, Teaching & Learning

On a daily basis, people around the world face challenges that result from us all, together on our small planet, approaching the carrying capacity of our environment. The sustainability of humanity is determined by our ability to keep in balance the three pillars of society — our environment, and our economic and social systems.  

Responsibility of Business Schools to train Leaders

GK Contributions, Human Resources, Missions & Responsibilities, Teaching & Learning

Business Schools have been seriously challenged in recent years and have sometimes accused of contributing directly to the financial and economic crisis that has deeply shaken the world and has not been yet overcome. Different types of arguments have been used against BS, including the setting up and use of financial tools and products that turned out to be to …

Preparing the University and its Graduates for the Unpredictable and Unknowable

GK Contributions, Human Resources, Missions & Responsibilities, Research & Innovation, Teaching & Learning

Universities are a key player in the “knowledge society”. But this increased influx of knowledge and the exponential rate of technical progress also generate anxiety and fear that could undermine the fundamental role of universities to elaborate and disseminate knowledge. Universities should not be locked into the sterile debate of  

KAUST: An International, Independent, Graduate Research University

GK Contributions, Governance, Research & Innovation, Teaching & Learning

Education, research and economic development are among the highest priorities established by King Abdullah for Saudi Arabia. An equally important overriding priority for him is the development of  women for greater participation in the workforce. According to UNESCO, women make up 58% of the total student population of Saudi Arabia, and yet only 16% of the Saudi workforce (excluding foreign …

Learning in/for a World of Constant Flux: Homo Sapiens, Homo Faber & Homo Ludens revisited

GK Contributions, Missions & Responsibilities, Teaching & Learning

The educational needs of the 21st century pose a number of serious problems for current educational  practices. First and foremost, we see the 21st century as a time that is characterized by constant change Educational practices that focus on the transfer of static knowledge simply cannot keep up with the rapid rate of change. Practices that focus on adaptation  

Team Players to Shape our Future: Do our Students Learn the Right Skills?

GK Contributions, Human Resources, Teaching & Learning

Education is the key for success and welfare of a country. Figure 1 shows the correlation between the wealth intensity and the number of citations in scientific journals. Switzerland is among the top nations. It has a special, so-called dual education system (Figure 2). From age 16 onwards, the majority of our young people receive practical training in a company, …

Innovation strategies of European Universities in the Triangle of Education, Research and Innovation

GK Challenges, Contributions, Research & Innovation, Teaching & Learning

In Europe, the first university started in Bologna in 1088 as “universitas magistrorum et scholarium”, a community of teachers and students. Its legitimacy was derived from a humanistic program; its activities consisted in providing general and professional education. As an example of the mission of a medieval university,  

The Research University as Comprehensive Knowledge Enterprise

GK Contributions, Missions & Responsibilities, Research & Innovation, Teaching & Learning

While the Glion Colloquia have brought university leaders together to exchange perspectives on an array of critical issues confronting higher education, perhaps none is more imperative to consider than the role of the research university in an innovation-driven society. Research universities are the primary source of the new knowledge and innovation that drives the global economy  

BILDUNG and Innovation — a Contradictio in Adjecto for Today’s University Education

GK Challenges, Contributions, Missions & Responsibilities, Research & Innovation, Teaching & Learning

I do think that the terms Bildung and innovation can be contradictory, at least they express the inner  conflict felt by a person, who is responsible for change in an institution — the university — and therefore  for innovation and, at the same time, knows how frequently and in what manner this task has been  deliberated in the history of …

Response of Chinese Higher Education and SJTU to Globalization

GK Contributions, Governance, Missions & Responsibilities, Teaching & Learning

Globalization means more competition and that a nation’s investment, production and innovation are  not limited by its borders. Internationalization, according to Levin (2001), is one set of behaviour  influenced by globalization processes. These processes are not only political and economic, but also  social and cultural,  

The Engagement of Australian Universities with Globalization

GK Challenges, Contributions, Governance, Teaching & Learning

Despite the common image of isolated ivory towers, universities in point of fact have long embraced the world beyond their national horizon. Initially, scholars travelled from country to country in search of a student audience. Now, students in their hundreds of thousands are internationally mobile in search of a  university degree  

Universities as Content Providers

GK Contributions, Missions & Responsibilities, Research & Innovation, Teaching & Learning

The main mission of the University was and still is Education. Naturally, Universities are also involved in many other activities like Research, Innovation, Incubation of small companies, services, etc. Education is, however, the main goal. To achieve this goal, Universities daily produce and disseminate content  using different instruments.