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Conference explores reinventing the university

May 27, 2010

The university has changed more dramatically over the last 20 years than in the previous 100 years. Globalization has had a major impact in terms of transforming the structure, functions, and whole raison d’ être of the university. Now we have had a global recession which is creating great resource constraints.

How do we respond to these events? Can we turn a crisis into an opportunity? We thus need to urgently engage in re-inventing the university and creating a new vision.

Join Dublin City University and ASU, June 15-16, for a discussion in Dublin on the university of the 21st century. Participate in the discussion in the days leading up to the event at

This conference will explore the general situation in Ireland and two major interlinked themes for the future: interdisciplinarity and social embeddedness. In addition to academic experts, leading policymakers in Ireland among others will engage in the discussion.

Dublin City University is a young university with extensive teaching and research facilities in the areas of business, science and electronics, computer technology, communications and languages, serving as an agent for change in its local community. Its degree programs also were the first to be interdisciplinary in the Irish education system. For more information on the Dublin City University, visit 

ASU is one of the most innovative and entrepreneurial institutions in the United States. The University Design Consortium at ASU is engaged in a series of global dialogues on reform and innovation in higher education. For information on the University Design Consortium, visit  

For further information about the conference, visit or contact Ronnie Munck, head of civic and global engagement at DCU, or Kathryn Mohrman, director of University Design Consortium (602-496-0463).