A new Arup report, calls for a rethink of the design and operation of higher education facilities to prepare for a new era of learning, one that remains viable as budgets decline yet pressure mounts to deliver exceptional experiences.
These changes are needed as the student body becomes more diverse and has greater expectations. Higher education facilities are shifting away from solely focusing on the young before they begin their careers to supporting older workers updating their skills, as they keep abreast of technological innovations.
The higher education sector is undergoing significant change, as social, technological and economic trends reshape how, what and where university students learn. There is a new relevance to the campus, in which the needs of both short-term and life-long learners must be at the core of design practices and operational policies. Brave, new approaches to resource management, sustained by automation and innovative technology, will be key to future proofing these facilities now and in the future. – Chris LuebkemanGlobal Foresight, Research and Innovation Leader
Higher Education leaders, designers, developers and facility managers must maximise opportunities to become more adaptable and resilient in the face of changes. The report highlights a number of approaches they should consider including:
Blurring the ‘learn-life’ boundaries
Buildings that are flexible by design
Making waste work
Using data to maximise facilities
- Being a catalyst for innovation
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