Impact of Disruptive Technologies on Employment and the Role of Universities

LW Challenges, Chapters and other contributions, Human Resources

The research universities represented by the Glion Colloquium have been responsible for many of the greatest discoveries and intellectual breakthroughs in history. I am proud to lead one of these universities. For the last 800 years in Cambridge, new discoveries have been forged to transform the way we live and understand our world. Yesterday’s discoveries here — gravity, evolution, DNA …

The role of universities and social needs in times of great change

GK Chapters and other contributions, Human Resources, Missions & Responsibilities

It goes without saying that universities are social entities, and the very meaning of their existence is directly related to whether they can serveand benefit society. Although this may vary widely among universities, and an institution may place more importance on one philosophy over another, almost all universities are founded on the principle of making positive contributions to society.

Human capital, the oft forgotten key Challenge

LW Chapters and other contributions, Human Resources

A university without faculty is like a bicycle without wheels. It won’t get you very far. I know this is a matter of course, forcing an open door. Yet, precisely because it is obvious that universities without teachers and researchers are just empty shells, it strikes me that, when we talk and write about the future of the university, human …

Responsibility of Business Schools to train Leaders

GK Chapters and other 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 Chapters and other 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  

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

GK Chapters and other 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, …

Comprehensive Universities in Continental Europe: Falling Behind

GK Chapters and other contributions, Governance and leadership, Human Resources, Missions & Responsibilities

Universities in continental Europe have a long tradition of nearly one thousand years, incorporating the  idea of the “Greek academia”. The foundation of universities spread rapidly throughout medieval Europe, with Bologna (1088) and Paris (1150) as the first, acting as models for the others to come. The university started as a “universitas magistorum et scholarium”,  

Global Success: Real World Research ‘Meets’ Global Practitioners

GK Chapters and other contributions, Governance and leadership, Human Resources, Research & Innovation

In this chapter we will first discuss the intensified global competition that seems to be evident between  academic institutions. We will then point out two dimensions that might enhance stronger academic  value creation in this emerging context. The first is more emphasis on realistic research — “real world”  relevance in research. The second is bringing a balanced cross-section of leading …

Building Singapore’s University Education System in a Globalized World

GK Chapters and other contributions, Governance and leadership, Human Resources, Missions & Responsibilities

The research universities represented by the Glion Colloquium have been responsible for many of the greatest discoveries and intellectual breakthroughs in history. I am proud to lead one of these universities. For the last 800 years in Cambridge, new discoveries have been forged to transform the way we live and understand our world. Yesterday’s discoveries here — gravity, evolution, DNA …

Partnering on a Global Scale

GK Challenges, Chapters and other contributions, Human Resources, Research & Innovation

The past decade has brought tumultuous change to industry, effectively rewriting the assumptions and  rules of how global business is conducted and of where to locate one’s operations and why. The  advancement of information and communications technology, the ready access to a global delivery infrastructure, the pervasiveness of worldwide supply chains,