Open consultation on shaping higher education in the digital era

New technologies carry the potential to contribute to societal development and to improve human conditions, yet, they also bring about serious questions about ethics, regulation and equality. Importantly, they are intrinsically linked to how we envisage the future of higher education - hence, an urgent call to rethink the ways in which we teach, conduct research and even the content of curricula.

In light of rapid digital transformations in higher education and beyond, the International Association of Universities (IAU) is developing a Policy Statement to outline the key values and principles that must underpin these changes. The aim of the policy statement is to raise awareness of the issues at stake and inform decision-makers and policy development and last but not least to serve as guiding principles for the higher education institutions.

IAU invites higher education institutions to contribute to shaping this statement through two dedicated online consultations:

  1. one targeting leadership (rectors, vice rectors or similar), please click here;
  2. one open to all representatives of higher education institutions, please click here .

The open consultations aim to take stock of the current situation around the world and it will only take around 10-15 minutes to complete. The questionnaire is available in English, French and Spanish. Several colleagues from the same institution are welcome to take part in the consultations, which are open until 1 April 2019.

In case of questions about the open consultation or, more generally, about IAU’s work in technology and higher education, please do not hesitate to contact IAU.