Higher education in 2030. A look into the crystal ball

Brussels, 12 October 2012


Higher education has undergone enormous changes in the past decades. And it will further change in the future, probably at an unprecedented pace. What will higher education in the world look like in the year 2030? This is the guiding question behind the third ACA European Policy Seminar in 2012, a “foresight” exercise or a “look into the crystal ball”.

In anticipating the future, Higher education in 2030 will take a double perspective: regional and thematic. In regional terms, we are addressing the future global ‘pecking order’ and, in particular, the issue of global higher education leadership. Will the US still lead, or is it going to be overtaken by up-and-coming Asian countries? Will Africa have finally developed its higher education systems, and no longer be in need of development aid? What will be the role of Europe in the geo-politics of higher education and how will we view the Bologna reforms in 18 years from now?

In a thematic respect, we will look into the role of internationalisation in 2030. Will it – finally – have become a salient feature of higher education? What sort of models of governance, leadership and management will there be? Will we have, as the OECD predicts, almost universal participation in higher education in 2030? And will the ‘brick-and-mortar university’ still prevail, or will most teaching be done in the ‘virtual’ mode?

For the look into the crystal ball, ACA has succeeded in enlisting some of the world’s top ‘clairvoyants’ as speakers. The future is one of the hardest things to predict, as Groucho Marx and Woody Allen found out. But our speakers will rise to the challenge.

34th in the series “European Policy Seminars” of the Academic Cooperation Association