The EUPRIO Conference 2015 – Perugia (Italy)
September 6-9, 2015

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‘TURN IT UPSIDE DOWN!’

The University, the Communications & Marketing Department and the Professional of the Future.

The world of higher education is in a state of flux. Developments such as digitisation, globalisation and privatisation are having a major impact on the education sector.

Students and academics will travel ever more, and institutions will continue to expand their international partnerships. Knowledge will become more accessible to the public through new technology and easier access to higher education. Campuses may be transformed as technology is changing the way we teach. Tighter public budgets and new legislation is putting pressure on universities to attract more external funding.

THE UNIVERSITY OF THE FUTURE

Increased competition between universities will lead universities to seek formalized partnerships with partners outside the sector, such as industry and schools. This has inevitable consequences for our universities.

  • So what will universities be like in 2020? And, what will this demand of us who work there?
  • How will this affect how universities are organised and run, ‒ for the structure of academic staff, for the student population, for funding and for the university’s public profile?

THE COMMUNICATIONS & MARKETING DEPARTMENT OF THE FUTURE

Universities and all around them are changing. With MOOCs, social media and citizen journalists, communications & marketing departments are facing a new landscape of stakeholders. Big data make it possible to track and communicate with stakeholders even more effectively.

  • How will the communications & marketing departments need to evolve in order to fulfil their role effectively? Will there even be a separate communications & marketing department in the future, or will the universities organise this function differently?

 THE PROFESSIONAL OF THE FUTURE

As organisations change, so must the individuals working within them. What demands face the communications & marketing professional at universities of the future?

  • Will we still need all-round professionals? Or, will specialists play a more important role in the future organisation of communications & marketing function at universities? What future specialist areas can we identify?

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