The landscape of higher education has in the last fifty years – with the emergence of online and mass education, skyrocketing tuition, and a controversial system for ranking institutions – begun evolving so rapidly and profoundly that the concept of the university now needs to be rethought.
Bert van der Zwaan is rector of Utrecht University and chairman of the League of European Research Universities. During a recent sabbatical he visited dozens of colleagues and opinion leaders in America, Asia and Europe, to talk to them about developments in higher education systems. The result is a clear picture of the global threats and opportunities: Higher education in 2040. A global perspective.