01 December 2009
Scenario building in Higher Education
Professor George Cairns, Deputy Head, Research and Innovation in RMIT University’s School of Management.
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Professor George Cairns, Deputy Head, Research and Innovation in RMIT University’s School of Management, recently presented at a workshop in Bucharest, Romania.
The event was part of a series of ten mutual learning workshops to be organised in Bucharest between September 2009 and October 2011.
These workshops are part of the project, “Quality and Leadership for Romanian Higher Education” which is being run by the Executive Agency for Higher Education and Research Funding in Romania.
The project is aimed at building a long term vision for higher education in Romania.
This vision will be based on key factors in the higher education system and in the economy and will represent a reference point for the strategic positioning of universities in Romania.
Professor Cairns was among a select few academics from around the world who were invited to speak at the workshop.
The theme for his presentation was “Scenario Methods for Higher Education.”
In it he outlined how scenario methods can be used in order to enable decision makers to explore a range of possible and plausible futures for the interaction of social, economic, technological, ecological, political and legal factors, in order to make better informed judgments on what a sustainable higher education program might look like.
In addition, Professor Cairns, along with Professor Ziauddin Sardar from City University in London, has been invited to develop and deliver two of the upcoming workshops in this series, working with Ms Iulia Maries of the organising group in Romania.
The first workshop, titled “Integrated Methods for Foresight”, will be held in June 2010. The second workshop, “Crazy Foresights”, will run early in 2011.
“The invitation to be involved in this project not only offers an opportunity to support higher education development in Romania, but enables me to learn about innovative developments within the Romanian Higher Education community and from leading academics around the world to bring back to RMIT,” Professor Cairns said.