The university in 2040


Bert van der Zwaan

Universiteit Utrecht

Le mercredi 28 février 2018 de 12:15 à 13:45
Campus du Solbosch, AY2.112

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Over more than 700 years the university has evolved into one of the most successful institutions of the 20th century. However, since a couple of years we hear alarming noises about “the crisis of the university”, particularly in North America, and increasingly so in Europe. What went wrong with the university and why? These and other questions will be discussed against the backdrop of the rapidly changing landscape of higher education. With the emergence of online and mass education, the publish or perish culture, and the controversial system for ranking universities, the landscape of higher education has changed so profoundly that the concept of the university now needs to be rethought. What are the global threats and opportunities, and what will the university look like 25 years from now?

Bert van der Zwaan
Bert van der Zwaan


Bert van der Zwaan is the 333rd Rector Magnificus of Utrecht University. Trained as paleontologist, he has been professor of Biogeology at Utrecht and Nijmegen Universities, director of the national Darwin Center for Biogeology (2004-2008), dean of the faculty of Geosciences at Utrecht University (2006-2010), and scientific leader and first CEO of Climate-KIC (2009-2010). He is president of the League of European Research Universities (LERU). He has held numerous positions inside and outside of the academia. He is author of the book “Higher Education in 2040: a global approach” (2017).