Fast forward digital: A new kind of university

Peter Vervest*

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The student is the centre of our universe, our only true asset, our raison
d’être. Not research. Not the government. Not societal impact. The digital
world has shown the devastating impact if we get this wrong. We can only
succeed if we mobilise our students and alumni and reach out to all learners.
We must reverse the dependency. Why not give students the money as
Educoins in our educational blockchain? Let them decide. Make them
co-creators in our research.
In his valedictory address, Professor Peter Vervest explores the disruptive
effects of digitalisation on business and extrapolates what this will mean for
university education and research. He argues in favour of digitally enabled,
personalised learning paths and support for students combined with
modularisation of the learning portfolio and challenge-based engagement
of students in the research agenda. Education and research are two sides of
the same coin. In the digital world, universities can succeed if they digitally
reach out to students and alumni to engage in ongoing research and learning.
This requires deep investments in digital technologies and a profound
transformation of the university system and metrics.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationRotterdam
Number of pages43
Publication statusPublished - 24 Sept 2021

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SeriesInaugural Addresses Research in Management Series


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