ERIC Number: ED371648
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
Universities of Tomorrow. CEPES Papers on Higher Education.
This essay examines the future directions of university education in Europe, focusing on technology and the information revolution as the driving forces behind educational change. Whereas the mission of universities in the past was to accumulate, refine, and pass on knowledge, their new task is to educate and train people to manage and gain access to the universal data base of knowledge. Universities need to offer more options to their students, encourage broad rather than specialized education at the undergraduate level, and utilize new teaching methods, such as distance learning via interactive computer connection, to keep abreast of the explosion of knowledge and the rapid changes that societies are undergoing. The pioneering work of the British Open University in the use of distance learning and computer technology are discussed. The debate over student choice and intellectual property rights is also examined. (MDM)
Descriptors: College Role, Colleges, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Uses in Education, Distance Education, Educational Change, Educational Trends, Foreign Countries, Futures (of Society), Higher Education, Information Management, Intellectual Property, Student Rights, Technological Advancement, Trend Analysis, Universities
CEPES UNESCO, 39 Stirbei Voda Street, Bucharest, Romania R-70732 ($15).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Bucharest (Romania). European Centre for Higher Education.