A business model for the 21st century european university

GK Challenges, Chapters and other contributions, Governance and leadership

“The world is moving in the American direction. More universities in more countries are charging students tuition fees,” says The Economist (2015). Of course, there is more to the American university model than merely tuition. Many of us have benefitted from the opportunities of great American research universities. Some of us have further implemented their spirit within a European university …

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

LW Challenges, Chapters and other contributions, Research & Innovation

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 …

Action is what counts. Sustainability at ETH Zurich and EPFL

GK Chapters and other contributions, Governance and leadership, Missions & Responsibilities

Tackling the challenges of sustainable development requires critical thinking, innovative technologies and an open dialogue between science, industry, and society. As Swiss-based universities that are consistently high in the leading international university rankings, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich) and the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) are committed to playing a key role in addressing these …

The Organizational Challenge for European Universities facing Globalization

GK Chapters and other contributions, Financial Resources, Governance and leadership, Missions & Responsibilities

The academic world is more global than ever: competition for talents, international mobility both of  students and faculty, diversification of funding are some of the main features of this changing  environment faced by universities. International rankings are blooming and contribute — despite their  obvious limitations — to globalization as well as competition.