Corona and Digital Disruption in Academia

by Prof. Dr. Carsten Bartsch | June 15, 2020
Prof. Dr. Carsten Bartsch challenges traditional teaching and talks about why university around the world, but especially in Germany, should become a more agile, digital environment.

HHL Expert Talk: University 4.0

The covid-19 pandemic has hit universities hard. For centuries they were used to personal interaction between, students, professors and researchers. Sure, there were new digital options (such as MOOCs), but the academia largely neglected those. But now, from one day to the other, they had the option to either adapt to digital technologies or to close down university operations entirely.

“University 4.0 is a melting pot of creative excellence, entrepreneurial creativity, future focus and industry expertise.”

Prof. Dr. Carsten Bartsch challenges traditional teaching and talks about why university around the world, but especially in Germany, should adapt to today’s educational requirements. The University 4.0 as he calls it, sees a university as a user-centered, industry-convergent model of research and education stretching across institutions.

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Finding the topic most relevant to you

We invite you to use the blog post to get a overview of the various topics discussed in the webinar. To make it more convenient for you to jump to specific topics we have added time stamps behind the each tip and topic. The time stamps will guide you to the respective topic in the video below.

Creating agile academic structures

Based on Prof. Dr. Carsten Bartsch extensive personal experience in the corporate and academic world, he answers the following questions:

  • Which kind of short-term answers did academia find to the pandemic challenge and how could we learn from industry? (05:07)
  • What could a “University 4.0” look like and what will be its drivers way beyond a short-term pandemic pressure? (14:00)
  • Which of those behavioral changes might be here to stay – and how do they fit into a concept of “University 4.0”? (20:26)
  • How will existing academic institutions have to change to become flexible and agile? (54:07)

The talk finishes off with questions from the audience (01:01:27).

Hit play now to watch the HHL Expert Talk and learn why knowledge is no longer a universities USP (unique selling point).