University futures: Wikipedia uni, core-periphery reversed, incremental managerialism or bliss for all?

Sohail Inayatullah

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Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to overview the futures of the university by analyzing critical drivers. It also aims to assess drivers identified a decade ago on university futures. Design/methodology/approach: The paper reviews drivers, trends and scenarios. Findings: The paper finds first, globalization will likely continue but innovation will move to Chindia. Second, democratization has resulted by not as imagined a decade ago, rather, peer-to-peer or web 2.0 has changed the game. Three new scenarios are articulated: Wikipedia university; core-periphery reversed and incremental managerialism. Bliss for all remains an outlier. Practical implications: Asian-Pacific universities instead of adopting the used future of the core will find it wiser to innovate and create new visions as well as to develop new global ranking systems. Social implications: Traditional universities are the likely dinosaurs unable to thrive in a dramatically changing world. Increasing inequity in traditional western universities will likely further devalue higher education. New models of inclusion are required. Originality/value: The paper articulates new scenarios of the future, and assesses trends identified a decade ago. It provides a strategy for university administrators to navigate the challenges ahead.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)84-91
Number of pages8
JournalOn the Horizon
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Foresight
  • Futures studies
  • Higher education
  • Peer-to-peer; Rise of Chindia
  • Scenarios
  • Universities
  • Wikipedia


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