Future of the University. Georgia Tech 2040

Georgia Tech has taken a shot at anticipating its identity and function as a university in 2040. The report “Deliberate Innovation, Lifetime Education” describes five initiatives and long-term projects. See full text of the report here.

summary (text Christian Guijosa)

Initiative 1: Personal integral education

Development of new educational programs that teach cognitive skills such as problem solving or creativity; interpersonal skills such as communication and leadership; and intrapersonal skills, for example, adaptability and discipline.

  • Generate experiential learning in relevant contexts.
  • Develop critical thinking skills and collaboration in multicultural environments.
  • Achieve that university graduates have research-oriented training, similar to that of postgraduate.

Initiative 2: Generation of new products and services

  • The report proposes to generate flexible educational experiences and provoke continuous learning through:
  • Creation of micro-credentials, including badges, certifications, and micro degrees.
  • Compact courses within periods called “Minimesters,” which can be taken along with traditional semesters to cover special educational needs.
  • Blockchain technology that allows students to demonstrate their learning and achievements in credentials to potential employers.

Initiative 3: Advising for a new era

Experts from the Georgia Tech believe that a robust learning database and artificial intelligence assistants will accompany the student educational experience in a lifelong learning model.

It also proposes the creation of Personal Board of Directors to create professional networks dedicated to students.

Initiative 4: Artificial Intelligence and Personalization

Introduce the use of Artificial Intelligence and personalization through:

  • Pilot tests of adaptive learning platforms to provide students with personalized educational experiences.
  • Development of virtual multifunctional tutors that act as coaches or mentors.

Initiative 5: Distributed global presence

Georgia Tech proposes the decentralization of education on a physical campus, to establish online spaces and hybrid spaces; physical places that serve as real and virtual portals at the service of students.

Besides, it aims for the development of human libraries. Having access to the experience of individuals, rather than books. That is, students could interact with specialists and experts when they inquire about a topic, in addition to having access to traditional textbooks.

These initiatives require a plan to change the culture within the universities that favor and inculcates innovation, in addition to making decision and commitment. Although this strategy is specific to the Georgia Institute of Technology, it is an invaluable guide to understand what path universities will take in the coming years.