Universities are increasingly facing new challenges brought on by a number of major disruptive drivers. These include:
- Globalisation and the accompanying mobility of students and scientists;
- The impacts of new technologies (e.g. the impacts of the internet on teaching);
- Demographic change;
- Increased competition and the need to do well in national and global rankings;
- The ongoing rapid expansion of the sector (more students and increasing demand for postgraduate education);
- Demands for a greater emphasis upon problem-oriented interdisciplinary research;
- And a continuing reassessment of relationships with the private sector and the innovation-related Knowledge Economy agenda (e.g. through third stream activities), to name but a few.
One response to the resulting rapid change and its associated uncertainty has been to use Foresight at the institutional and sectoral levels.
More information on recent methodological developments in the following anchor paper presented at the 2006 FTA Seminar:
- Luke Georghiou and Jennifer Cassingena Harper: "Foresight on Higher Education"
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