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Imagining alternative futures for Europe’s universities

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How will big trends influence universities in the coming decade? What can they do to be active players? In order to better understand how universities can shape and respond to future developments, the European University Association (EUA) has sketched out possible scenarios and pathways forward based on different futures for geopolitics, artificial intelligence and digitalisation as well as the course of democracy.

In terms of geopolitical change, the big question is to what extent the world will remain open to academic cooperation or if the rivalry between the United States and China, in particular, will divide the globe into different camps that compete or co-exist.

In the scenarios discussed, these could be value-based alliances – such as the alliance of democracies proposed by US President Joe Biden – or countries and alliances that accept each other’s differences while they compete for power and resources. There is also the hope…

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