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  • Universities and Cities at the Crossroads
    A Valedictory Lecture
    By
    Professor John Ratcliffe
    October 7th 2009
    Transformation
    Catastrophe
    Evolution
  • THE GREAT DISRUPTION:
    New endings and new beginnings
    “Genuine beginnings begin within us, even when they are brought to our attention by external opportunities”…William Bridges
  • THE dream
    “The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by sceptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities. We need men who can dream of things that never were.”John F. Kennedy
  • THE nightmare
    “Cheer up… the worst is yet to come!”
  • Harbingers of change
    A Confluence of Powerful Trends
    Problems Seem Increasingly Intractable
    The Demographics of Discord
    The New Players
    The Problems Are Structural
    “Just because everything is different doesn't mean anything has changed.” Irene Peter
  • Twenty one 21st century challenges
    Not Enough Resources
    Are We Connected?
    Détente With Dilemma
    Running The Show
    Economics Are Complex
    Sustainable Cities: An Oxymoron
    Out Of Our Minds
    The Great Leap Downward
    Sharing And Collaborating
    What’s The Risk?
    Redefining The Enemy
    The Smart Workplace
    It Takes Time
    Benefitting From Synchronicity
    Too Many People
    Doing Well By Doing Good
    There Will Be New Technologies
    The Green Quotient
    Power On Earth
    There Will Be Surprises
    From Obligation To Opportunity
    “I never think of the future, it comes soon enough” Albert Einstein
  • The main difference that distinguishes the 21st century from those that preceded it is the need to create a mindset that can tackle the conscious design of large systems
  • The City In Transformation
    QUALITY OF LIFE: People, Places & Profiles
    COMPETITIVENESS: Creativity, Knowledge & Enterprise
    SUSTAINABILITY: Principles & Prospects
    GOVERNANCE: Values, Vision & Leadership
    CONNECTIVITY: Communications, Infrastructure & Facilities
    “Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.”… Warren G. Bennis
  • The University In Transition
    Values, Visions & Vectors
    Governance, Leadership & Management
    Delivery, Deployment & Diversity
    Global, National & Local Perspectives
    Colleges, Communities & Cities
    Welfare – Truth - Order & Freedom - What Is Good - Beauty
  • Prospects for universities in 2020
    (Made in 2000)
    Higher education is really big global business
    Many corporations look like universities
    Many universities look like corporations
    Some universities taken over by corporations
    Universities emulate major retailers
    Mega merger of universities
    Mega universities will arise
    Much research will be collaborative
    Knowledge partnership will grow
    Elite group of World Best Universities
  • Prospects for universities in 2020
    (Made in 2000)
    City universities will emerge
    Management structures mirror Microsoft
    Look at MIT – remember OU
    Cost: Irrelevance-ignorance-consciousness-(value + worth)
    The West Report 1997: Global alliance for learning
    FE colleges moved into I + E
    Academic staff: Stars-Counsellors-Programme managers
    Funding based on student
    Student population profile ageing
    Global accreditation will count
    Blend of leisure, entertainment and education
  • New Scenarios For Universities
    New frontiers in research
    Public Service
    Decreasing funding
    An Increasingly complex environment for higher education institutions:
    Challenges for institutional leaders
    Pressure for rankings
    Governance
    Increased accountability
    Market pressures
    What and how to teach?
    (Prof. John Goddard)
    “The unusual and the unknown make us either over confident or overly fearful”… Gaius Julius Caesar
  • Higher Education Drivers
    “Science investigates religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge which is power religion gives man wisdom which is control.”… Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • A Research Intensive University?
    “Today knowledge has power. It controls access to opportunity and advancement.” Peter Drucker
  • A mixed economy University?
    “The goal of education is the advancement of knowledge and the dissemination of truth.” John F. Kennedy
  • A Civic University?
    “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.”
    Albert Einstein
  • Futures thinking:
    Imagineering, Foresight and scenarios
  • Projects and perspectives
  • The need for a strategic foresight unit
    “The best way to predict the future is to create it.” Peter Drucker
  • The Century of Knowledge Cities
    Political Will
    Strategic Vision
    Strong Investment
    Promotional Agencies
    Multi-Ethnicity
    Metropolitan Website
    Value Creation To Citizens
    Urban Innovation Engines
    Knowledge Society Rights
    Low Cost ICT Access
    Research Excellence
    Public Libraries Network
    “Imagination is more important than knowledge.”… Albert Einstein
  • Knowledge Cities
    Dublin?
    “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”… Benjamin Franklin
  • The Knowledge Village
    Grangegorman?
    “The empires of the future are the empires of the mind”… Winston Churchill
  • Sustainability & Cities
    “The Greatest Challenge Of Them All”
  • Sustainability: DIT’s Grand Challenge
    A City To Transform
    Dynamic Expertise
    Transcendent Partnerships
    Sustainable Challenges
    - Environmental
    - Organisational
    - Scientific
    - Cultural
    Embedding & Engaging Strategy
    “Education is a human right with immense power to transform. On its foundation rest the cornerstones of freedom, democracy and sustainable human development.” Kofi Annan
  • Necessary attitudes and attributes
    Awareness & Values
    Wholeness & Systems
    Preparedness & Futures
    Resilience & Adaptability
    Mindset & Reflexivity
    “These things will destroy the human race: politics without principle, progress without compassion, wealth without work, learning without silence, religion without fearlessness and worship without awareness.”… Anthony de Mello
  • “A Vision Without A Task Is But A Dream,
    A Task Without A Vision Is Drudgery,
    A Vision With A Task Is The Hope Of The World”
    (Inscription On A Church, Sussex, England, 1730)
    “No Problem Can Be Solved From The Same Level Of Consciousness That Created It. We Must Learn To See The World Anew”
    (Albert Einstein)