Jasenka Gojšić, Head of Center for Enhancement of Teaching, Croatia:
The University for the Future vision is a visionary response to learners’ and teachers’ desires: to meet in the field of co-creation.
Oldřich Hozman, Architect, Czech Republic:
The University for the Future Initiative lets people learn about human wisdom from a holistic perspective. It is the space where higher ideas can grow in the midst of our ongoing activities.
Bettina Geiken, Project Manager & Trainer, Belgium:
I am passionate about experiential learning that involves body, mind, soul and spirit, and which can transform our way of seeing the world, increasing perspective and open the heart. Bringing together the outer and inner dimensions in any area of work and life is what the University for the Future Initiative stands for. Therefore I wholeheartedly support it.
Javier Collado Ruano, PhD Student, Brazil:
The University for the Future Initiative represents a transcultural and transnational window for the future of higher education. With its emphasis on transdisciplinarity, it represents new horizons of creativity, knowledge and wisdom. The new era of Cosmodernity will be based on endeavours such as the University for the Future Initiative.
Claudine Villemot-Kienzle, Trainer & Coach, Germany:
The University for the Future Initiative supports integration and synergies between individuals and organizations that are dedicated to explore, develop and implement new models of social architecture; models that are better adapted to the requirements of the emerging societal future. The Initiative will help to bring wisdom, functionality and efficiency to fragmented efforts of regeneration in Europe. Thank you for your valuable engagement!
Bruce Lloyd, Emeritus Professor, UK:
The University for the Future Initiative is a great idea in this vitally important era.
Ulrike Zeshan, Professor, UK:
The University for the Future Initiative has a bold and courageous approach combined with a compelling vision. My own institute, where we work on sign languages with Deaf Communities, has implicitly been applying many of the U4F principles, and to see them spelled out here in an explicit and coherent framework is very exciting. In an environment where too many people are looking for ‟quick-fix“ solutions, it is inspiring to know that the U4F co-creators are committing long-term thinking and lifelong effort. I look forward to a deeper involvement with this initiative in my future work.
Wouter Murrath, Sales Manager, Belgium:
The University for the Future Initiative is (in my humble opinion) a must-go route for our education system and society. Let’s help higher education catch up with the cutting edge reality of today instead of being stuck in the narrow, old paradigms.
Philippe Blanca, Researcher, Luxembourg:
The University for the Future Initiative is a promising context in which new patterns of thought and new models of action and interaction are germinating. They allow us to interweave processes of living, working, learning, teaching, communicating and writing with each other and connecting them with experiencing and transforming the world. The strength of the University for the Future Initiative is not only its vision that it is determined to manifest over time. Already right now, in the present moment, in which many questions are yet unanswered, the Initiative is invaluable because it provides a much needed experimental space for collective explorations.
Lucie Vaverová, Director, Re:Life Institute, Czech Republic:
I am happy to endorse the University for the Future Initiative. I believe that such an initiative promoting a holistic educational approach that embraces the whole of one’s personality is much needed if we are to ensure that humankind is well-equipped to address the complex challenges of the twenty-first century.
W. Julian Korab-Karpowicz, Professor, Poland:
Of all treasures the greatest of all is the treasure of knowledge. Through knowledge we can become wise and liberated in our lives, liberated from manipulation and from ideologies. We become free in our minds. We discover the true value of things. The University for the Future Initiative is worth supporting because it values knowledge and seriously considers the world’s future.
Geanina Nae, PhD Student, Russia:
I honour the dedication and passion of all those who put tireless efforts into the University for the Future Initiative. They bring back to us the forgotten Latin roots of education, away from instruction and towards (holistic) “educare”- eduCare. This Initiative creates a (re)generative space of possibilities in which complementary approaches are cultivated and integrated. This is a way to celebrate our dynamic mutual enrichment and to counter attempts to bring forth hegemonies. Through its focus on transformation and co-creation, the Initiative also promises to overcome the split between higher education and society. This vision, and our endorsements here, are signs that today’s norms can become tomorrow’s obsolescence and that today’s audacity can grow into tomorrow’s reality.
Zuzana Ledvoňová, graduate student of psychology, Czech Republic:
There are many initiatives that promise a brighter tomorrow and shining ideas, but only a few initiatives, which offer space, meaningful space, for bringing those ideas to life. The University for the Future Initiative opens this space for a new approach to education. It develops creative, active and inspiring education connected to practice, nature, meaning and responsibility for the future. These are the reasons why I support this Initiative and why I want to be actively involved. Not by talk, but by hard work.
Wendelin Küpers, Professor, Germany:
I consider the University for the Future Initiative as one of the most promising developments in higher education. It is to be very much welcomed as it provides a forum through which a better and wiser education and learning can be explored and enacted. The Initiative brings together highly relevant transformative ideas, people and processes. This is urgently needed for creating a more mindful present and a sustainable future in education and beyond. The Initiative is also contributing to the development of a different (civic) society. By creating localized while planetary-conscious realities, UF4 is practical wisdom in action!
Katy Fox, Researcher, Teacher and Activist, Luxembourg:
At this time in history, we need fundamentally new and creative forms of experiential, interdisciplinary learning; forms of learning that are conscious, co-creative and interconnected, that are conducive to human resilience and flourishing as well as to the regeneration of ecosystems and social systems. The University for the Future Initiative is a crucial and beautiful contribution to the Great Turning.
Ulrich Kazmierski, Professor, Germany:
For our life in this world, we need primarily two things: We need ideas and we need methods that allow us to continually improve our ideas. I support the U4F, because it opens up a space of social innovation and the freedom to search, to invent, to combine, to try, to improve, to displace, to reject, to apply, and to enjoy our ideas and methods.
Lucia M. Hasbach, Social Activist and Change Maker, Slovakia:
As a member of a generation that observes the state of contemporary society with a personal desire to actively contribute to a better evolution, I see the University for the Future Initiative as a great challenge and an opportunity to combine human potential, good will, essential knowledge and shared understanding for the creation of new, advanced forms of learning and living.
Hans J. Tümmers, Emeritus Professor, Germany:
The University for the Future Initiative represents a fresh breeze in the landscape of higher education. With its emphasis on transdisciplinarity, experiential and project-based learning, the U4F represents a true system innovation. Its goal is to develop resourceful and strong personalities; individuals who do not think only of themselves, but who enjoy caring for others. I welcome and support this initiative.
Ivor Twydell, Coach and Consultant, United Kingdom:
If humanity is to do more than simply survive in the increasingly complex and dangerous world system in which we find ourselves, we need to become more aware and mindful. We need to increase our quality of consciousness. We need to understand what causes us to behave in destructive ways and what drives positive action. The creators of the University for the Future Initiative see the need for such a leap in consciousness. I am therefore delighted to endorse what they do and offer my support.
Joseph Abazaami, Research Fellow, Ghana:
I endorse the University for the Future Initiative and I will be happy to support it by lending a hand in the management of study programmes.
Geert Acke, Coach and Consultant, Belgium:
What inspires me most about this beautiful and transformative initiative, is its contribution to an emerging community for the future, where all dimensions of life are appreciated and practised in a new state of consciousness. Where our personal and collective shadows can be integrated and brought into the light of awareness; where education, work and play happen in a flow of co-creation and transparency. I honour the enduring investments of energy and resources that many women and men have dedicated to this work.
Sue McGregor, Professor, Canada:
This initiative is vanguard, brave and timely. Despite the struggles faced by higher education in this complex world, those shaping this initiative see the potential of envisioning a completely new approach to higher education. I applaud their efforts and I look forward to being inspired and to learning and sharing visions of a new future.
Vladimír Lobotka, Researcher and Change Maker, Slovakia:
In this time of profound challenges that our civilization experiences in all spheres of human endeavour, there seems to be a need for people who carry in their heart a seed of tomorrow. The intention is not only some partial educational reform, but to give birth to a new way of thinking, a new culture and a new society empowering the highest principles. I believe that this initiative, supported by all these people, is such a seed, imbued with crispness of mind and spontaneous creativity.
V. V. Raman, Emeritus Professor, USA:
I am delighted to know about the University for the Future Initiative, and I wish it every success. It is timely in the complex interconnected world in which we live, which nevertheless is splintered into too many ideological and self-centered segments: each trying to affirm its uniqueness or superiority, with little understanding of, and respect for the Other. I like to think that one of the goals/achievements of this initiative would be to bring together divergent schools of thought, disciplines, and perspectives, seek our commonalty as humans living on a planet that is facing serious problems arising from environmental, cultural, economic, political, religious, and other threats, and in the process bring out the best for the welfare of one and all.
Anežka Janátová, Academy Director, Czech Republic:
The University for the Future Initiative can serve as a means of solving problems in which the world is caught up. Giving space for the education of the whole human being is the maxim for the regeneration that is needed in all spheres of life.
Gerd Klostermann, Consultant, Germany:
I met the people of the University for the Future Initiative in the early beginning of their activities and was very much impressed by their culture, their thoughts and their vision. The development of higher education has to be based on compassion, deeper awareness and broader perspectives. This is what makes a difference in life, leads to better results in organisations, and induces real change in society. The U4F Initiative is a milestone in the field of education and development. It helps seeing the world with new eyes and relating to others in meaningful new ways.
Nicholas Maxwell, Philosopher, United Kingdom: I am delighted to support the University for the Future Initiative. I hope it will lead the way to all universities in the future devoting themselves to helping humanity make progress towards a wiser world.
Lev Gordon, University President, Russia: I fully support the vision of creating a new platform for higher education that fosters the development of a new consciousness on the planet and helps citizens realize their full creative potential for the benefit of themselves and for humanity as a whole.
Ruben Nelson, Foresight Expert, Canada:
It is time for such an initiative. The decline of the modern, industrial and postindustrial world can be seen everywhere. We need persons who can also see and nurture the early sign of life of the next form of civilization.
Sander Tideman, Assistant Professor, The Netherlands:
The University for the Future Initiative is much needed to complement traditional education with deeper, more transformational learning approaches. The large social, economic and ecological challenges require transformation of our thinking, feeling and behaving. Where do we learn that transformation?
Jonathan Reams, Associate Professor, Norway:
I am grateful to see all of the passion, thought, time and energy that is going into the University for the Future Initiative. I have long believed that the development of new forms of higher education, ones that can integrate and embody the best understanding and practices we have around integrative/transformative education, are of utmost importance to the development of society. The U4F Initiative continues to draw good minds and hearts to making this a reality, and I am glad to support the initiative.
Marc Luyckx Ghisi, former Member of the Forward Studies Unit of the European Commission, Belgium:
I consider this initiative as crucial for three main reasons:
- Its approach is excellent because it is in a networking mode, which is the way to enables collective creativity.
- It is crucial as a window of hope for so many young people.
- It is also crucial for the business world of the knowledge economy which is looking for creative and holistically educated young people that most contemporary universities do not provide.
Christoph Woiwode, Visiting Professor, India:
This initiative is a timely, unique and much needed effort. In bringing together people from many different walks of life who share a similar vision it will significantly contribute to transforming our understanding of learning, teaching and human development across disciplines for a more viable future.
Søren Brier, Professor, Denmark:
I have worked in inter- and transdisciplinary ways for more than 30 years, but the old universities are build up from the ground on disciplinarity. This is good as it is. But we now need new, alternative higher education institutions that are organised from the ground up by inter- and transdisciplinarity.
Stefan Szabó, Director of an Ecological Centre, Slovakia:
In the past years I have visited a number of alternative education centres in Europe (Schumacher College, Findhorn Community, Centre for Alternative Technologies, Nordic Folkecenter, etc…) that had strong impact on my perception of education. Since this time I am looking for an integrative effort combining practical skills with ethics and aesthetics in the education process.
Karim Fathi, Researcher and Consultant, Germany:
The world community is increasingly in need of innovative and transformative education systems fostering awareness, creativity, empathy, resilience and multi-dimensional perspectives in a co-creative learning environment – given contemporary global challenges and opportunities. I am strongly convinced by the approach of the U4F Initiative as a necessary contribution to this.
Knut Arild Hanstad, Entrepreneur, Italy and Norway: I have worked for many years with a similar concept, and have for a long time been looking for a cross-cultural and multidisciplinary network like the University for The Future Initiative. I strongly agree with the vision for an “out of the box” (and “get rid of the box”) transformative higher education in Europe, and hope I can be a contributor and a partner with my activities.
Valentina Tassone, Lecturer, The Netherlands:
A pioneering initiative dedicated to fostering integrative education for more sustainable and caring futures. A courageous work in progress going beyond conventional borders, and drawing together people from different paths of life, backgrounds, cultures, ages, and yet sharing common aspirations. It is heartwarming to hear students, inspired by the development of the University for the Future Initiative, saying that this looks like the education they have been longing for.
Bozidar B. Yerkovich, Assistant Professor and Entrepreneur, Croatia:
The University for the Future Initiative touches the core problems of higher education in the EU and beyond. Many attempts have been and are continuing to be made to reform the higher education system, but the U4F has sublimated all challenges and expectations in a framework of digestible and achievable objectives – so far without causing too much of an uproar from the education system currently in place. U4F has managed to hew itself in as reformation partner of existing educational institutions who want to make a leap forward, while at the same time working on a completely redesigned new system. Good work and good luck to the U4F!
Anouk Brack, Coach and Trainer, The Netherlands:
I support and resonate with the vision of University of the Future. In my work at Wageningen University, I see a lot of students ready for more integral, transformative education. I aspire to see a Master’s programme developing in “Sustainable Entrepreneurship for Quality of Life”. I thank the U4F group for their dedication, love and vision. I look forward to seeing more seeds germinate and more projects come to fruition.
Michel Saloff-Coste, Executive Director of a Transdisciplinary Centre, France:
This initiative is one of the most important ones for the future of humankind!