Can the IT Revolution lead to a rebirth of World-call European Universities

LW Challenges, Chapters and other contributions, Research & Innovation

Patrick Aebischer, EPFL
We have reached a critical moment in time when the digital revolution — brought on by ubiquitous personal, mobile and affordable information devices — is challenging the historical missions of education and research; a challenge for our universities that constitutes a disruptive force and an opportunity for world-class European universities….This IT revolution has given rise to a new generation of minds and novel technologies, both bound to impose new educational paradigms on our universities. In education, the iconic manifestation of the digital disruption is the MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). And, in research, the IT disruption is represented by MOORs (Massive Open Online Research projects), which feed on open access science, collaborative research and the development of simulation-based research. …
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