The Circle U. Think and Do Tank on the Future of Higher Education

The Circle U. Think and Do Tank engages with students and external stakeholders with the aim to influence the policy agenda on higher education.

At the same time, it very much focuses on its «do» mission and seeks to contribute to transforming curricula and teaching methods towards sustainable education within the alliance itself, not only by providing courses on sustainable development, but also by ensuring that education will have a major impact on the sustainability of our societies.

Sustainable education means finding innovative and creative ways of teaching and learning, focusing on interdisciplinary knowledge and taking into account the contribution of students. The Think and Do Tank will promote a quality learning environment and academic success for students by imagining, experimenting and disseminating new ways of teaching and learning.

Multilingualism, being an important topic for our alliance, the Think and Do Tank will work to identify obstacles related to the ambition of Europeans speaking two foreign languages; based on the findings we will develop a dedicated project, including seeking co-funding, with the aim of addressing the obstacles identified.

Challenges related to IT and education, whether it is the digital skills gap or the future of digital education, will also be at the forefront of the critical reflection.

Think & Do Tank Café

The Circle U. Think & Do Tank Cafés will gather professors, students and admin staff from the nine Circle U. universities to exchange and share best practices in the field of teaching and learning in Higher Education. A large part of the discussions will be devoted to the transformation of curricula and teaching practices in higher education, with a strong focus on pedagogical innovation.

The Cafés will take the shape of hybrid workshops. Progressively, these meetings will help build a network of innovators in pedagogy willing to engage in continuous professional development through a community of practices.

White Paper: Shaping the Future of Higher Education in a Changing World

In its first White Paper, the Think and Do tank shares an initial joint understanding of its mission, its way of working and its main development strategy.

Mapping of pedagogical innovations

Mapping of pedagogical innovations will pave the way for wider collaboration and sharing of good practice. To begin with, we consider innovation in sustainable education under four categories, the 4Is.

Chairs in the Think and Do Tank on the Future of Higher Education

Profile picture of Lisbeth M. Brevik
Lisbeth M. Brevik is an award-winning teacher educator and researcher. As Professor of English didactics at the University of Oslo, her research addresses questions about languages and higher education.
Profile picture of Min Reuchamps
Min Reuchamps is professor of political science at the Université catholique de Louvain. He graduated from the Université de Liège and Boston University.
Profile picture of Veljko Mijušković
Veljko Mijušković is assistant professor at the Faculty of Economics, Belgrade University. Primary areas of professional interest are: supply chain management, logistics management and strategic management.
Profile picture of Gabriel Reedy
Gabriel Reedy is programme director for the Masters in Clinical Education programme at King’s.
Profile picture of Grégoire Borst
Grégoire Borst is a full Professor of developmental psychology and the director of the Laboratory for the study of Child Development and Education (CNRS) at La Sorbonne.
Profile picture of Susan Wright
Susan Wright is Professor of Educational Anthropology, Co-Director of the Centre for Higher Education Futures (CHEF) and member of the Danish Royal Academy of Sciences and Letters.
Profile picture of Anne Enderwitz
Anne Enderwitz is Professor of English literature at HU Berlin. Previously, she taught at LMU Munich, Tübingen and Gießen.
Profile picture of Marco Abate
Marco Abate is professor of Geometry at the University of Pisa. His research concerns holomorphic dynamical systems and geometric function theory.