De-Know-Polization: End of Universities?

, Tel Aviv

It is said that the oldest university in the world is the University of Karueein established in 859. The University of Bologna was established in 1088 and Oxford in 1096. My own alma mater, King’s College, was established in 1829. Are we now facing the end of the University?

I had an absolutely fascinating and provocative dialogue with Dr Yesha Sivian, Executive Director of the Coller Institute of Venture at Tel Aviv University about the future of universities, based on a report that he just published called “De-Know-Polization.” (video clip below). Here are some quotes from the report:

“Fundamental change comes as universities are at their zenith. Today, there are more students than ever, in relative and absolute terms, attending university… ”

“In contrast to this exuberance, in broad terms and using gross generalizations, most universities are no longer the best place to do research and no longer the best place to teach. Their societal service as innovators, places for new ideas to turn into ventures, for policy and government feedback, etc. can be done elsewhere. The 20th century monopoly that universities had on knowledge is being attacked.”

“Most university teaching is akin to horses in the age of cars, morse code in the age of WeChat, or Daedalus and Icarus in the age of modern aviation.”

Listen to our talk here:

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