Oxford Debates ‘University of the Future’


Date: 27-09-2019

Venue: The Academic Lounge. 2 Woodin’s Way, Oxford



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It’s a unique event format of the Academic Union, Oxford.

Oxford Debates are a special partnerand discussion platform for regional leaders in higher education, key experts in national and global education.

Opinions of speakers and experts on the Future of the university education may coincide or differ, however, they are always interesting to education professionals.


• Live stream from the Debates to the offcial AUO channels. Oxford Debates will be announced in 54 world countries.
• Participants will get Oxford Debates Expert Certifcates and special honors for achievements in the feld of science, technology, education called “The Name in Science and Education Award ”.
• Speaking Notes will be published in the dedicated collection of scholar articles University of the Future’ (ISSN 2053-4736).
• Within the session video presentations from participants will be shown on special screens in the heart of Oxford.
• Sessions are held in the VIP-format (12 participants only), which emphasizes their status and allows to bring maximum convenience and attention to everyone.

• In the Partner’s session every participant will make a brief presentation of his/her education institution and cooperation offers.
• During Discussions participants will share opinions about their vision of the university in the future.
They can also tell about their successful cases of innovations in college.
• The Protocol part of the meeting will be dedicated to Oxford Debates Expert Certifcates and special honors for achievements in the feld of science, technology and education, called
“The Name in Science and Education Award”.
• The Partner’s Dinner and Oxford city tour can enable better networking.

Event Date: September 27, 2019.
Event Venue: The Academic Lounge (2 Woodin’s Way, Oxford, UK).
Deadline for materials submission: before 15 September 2019.
Speaking Notes for publishing: before 30 September 2019.
Publishing of the dedicated collection of scholar articles ‘University of the Future’: the digital version before 25 October 2019, the printed version before 12 December 2019

1. Does a crisis of classical University models exist on the way from industrial to digital Era?
2. Your concept and aims of the University of the Future.
3. What will be a business model for universities?
4. What will be the university campus of the future ?
5. What and how will university students study?
6. What role do colleges play for continuing education?
7. How to engage students to university model development?
8. Does college education help develop practical skills and fnd a job faster? Should the syllabus be changed drastically?
9. Does a college have any future without effective online education strategy, mixed education, implementation of digital studies?
10. Universities should cooperate, not compete with each other. Are you ready to initiate communications, liaisons, and joint projects with other colleges around the world? 




Dr Rui Verde has a PhD in Law (University of Newcastle, UK) and a Doctorate in Humane Letters (HC-Indian Institute of Mangement, Delhi). Presently, he is Visiting Academic at the Oxford School of Global and Area Studies, University of Oxford as well Distinguish Professor at the Indian Institute of Management. He is also Director of Executive Programmes in the Academic Union, Oxford. He has proffered during 2018/2019 several talks in conferences and chaired panels at the Universities of Oxford, London, Birmingham and LSE.Previously, Rui was Vice-Rector, Dean of Law, Vice-President and MBA coordinator in universities in Portugal, Brazil and Angola and a Professor of Law. He also taught in the UK and Kazakhstan.
Rui has authored several books and articles and he is a regular commentator of Deutsche Welle. He is a Member of the Royal African Society and ORCID ID- 0000-0002-9646-5296.



10:00 - 12:00 Oxford tour.
Meeting Point: Macdonald Randolph Hotel (Beaumont St, Oxford OX1 2LN, UK)

14:00 - 14:15 Registration, coffee

14:15 - 15:05 Partner session (Participants’ presentations)

15:05 - 16:05 Discussion session p.1

16:05 - 16:10 Break

16:10 - 17:30 Discussion session p.2

17:30 - 18:00 Q&A.Summing up. Presentation of the Oxford Debates Expert Certifcates

20:00 Presentation of the Academic Union member’s attributes




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