The Department of Science and Technology hosts the “Universities of the Future” conference

Within the framework of the Philosophy of Innovation seminar, an event will be held reflecting the place of higher education institutions in the face of digitization and the advancement of new technologies.

09-10-2023

November 8th from 6:00 PM at the Rectory Center Headquarters (and with transfer Streaming Interior and other countries) will be held within the framework of the “Future Universities” Conference 6.A Edition of the Symposium on Philosophy of Innovation, a proposal from UNTREF. Experts in educational technology, evolutionary and artificial psychology from Argentina, Spain, Uruguay and Brazil who make up the Mónadas team will attend the event. These are Juana Sancho Gil, Mariana Maggio, Fernando Hernandez, Mercedes Collazo and Bettina Steren dos Santos.

The conference aims to promote collective reflection on the future orientation of universities. For this, “Reconsolidating the production of knowledge with and without the university”, “How do nation-states mobilize universities to position themselves in the global economy?” Various axes, ideas and approaches on the topic are presented in the topic sessions. “Using Feminist and Post-Capitalist Thoughts to Create a Viable University?” and “The Future of Teaching and Learning.”

The experts invited to the conference will discuss how universities are expanding connections with institutions interested in and committed to the university, how universities are being mobilized by countries and regions in the global knowledge economy, and how ideas of feminism and post-capitalism are helping to shape us. A new university, how the universities of the future will support their cities, what the teaching and learning facilities of the future will look like and how students and staff are involved in their design, and how new ways of knowledge must adapt to new social realities, among other issues.

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The panel, titled “Reconsolidating Knowledge Production with and without the University,” will explore the ways in which universities collaborate and compete with new actors and institutions. These sessions will be devoted to ways of transforming the university into a social and economic institution. In other words, it asks about the way in which the university as a site of knowledge production is newly integrated.

Encouraging processes of digitization, commodification, financialization, and globalization mean that the contemporary university is now in debt and competing with a wide range of new actors and institutions. If the university monopolized the production of formal, scientific, and technical academic knowledge, the production of recognized knowledge now seems to be ubiquitous throughout society and the economy. In this sense, experts will discuss the new space occupied by institutions and their teachers.

On the other hand, “How do nation-states mobilize universities to position themselves in the global knowledge economy?” It examines the ways in which national governments direct universities to position themselves in the global knowledge economy and how governments use them to advance national interests. Through cases from Europe, Asia and the Pacific, the aim is to study the processes of regional construction aimed at improving competitiveness; Construction of international campuses that position national universities at global levels; Higher education as a tool of “soft diplomacy”, and the creation of reference structures such as university rankings to define global excellence and access to national universities.

The “Building a Livable University Using Feminist and Post-Capitalist Thoughts” panel will rely on ethnographic studies of gender practices and attitudes in the university in a “neoliberal” context to explain existing challenges and problems. This thematic session draws on post-capitalist and feminist thinking to analyse, critique and rethink universities as workplaces, including management practices, recruitment, academic work and work culture, as well as notions of balance, quality of life and work. .

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Finally, “The Future of Teaching and Learning” asks what teaching and learning facilities will look like in the future, and how students and staff are involved in their design; How students in universities of the future learn today and what their subjects are when changing the design of teaching, and how to design new collaborative teaching and learning environments.

Invited experts form the Monatas Collective, led by leading academics from Argentina, Spain, Uruguay and Brazil. They are Juana Sancho Gil, Emeritus Professor in Didactics and Educational Technologies of the University of Barcelona; Doctor in Education, Master and Specialist in Didactics, and Graduate in Educational Sciences at the University of Buenos Aires Mariana Maggio; Professor Fernando Hernandez of the University of Barcelona; Mercedes Collazo, a professor at the University of the Republic of Uruguay and a PhD candidate in evolutionary psychology at the University of Barcelona, ​​Bettina Stern dos Santos.

The Philosophy of Innovation Seminar is a proposal from the Science and Technology Department of UNTREF, which aims to establish a network of dialogues that give meaning to the epistemological cacophony that reigns around the world and the pulse of Argentina. Experts from different fields meet there and open conversations about new realities with technological advances as protagonists.

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