The University for the Future Initiative is chaired by Gaudenz Assenza and coordinated by Markus Molz, two transdisciplinary university teachers and educational innovators with broad international experience. As soon as possible we will extend the governance structure and establish a Council. The Council will comprise several experienced persons working full-time for the development of the University for the Future.
Gaudenz Assenza is managing director of Institutions for the Future and Chair of the University for the Future Initiative. Gaudenz has taught at prestigious universities, including King’s College London, IE Madrid and the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena. He holds five degrees in different social sciences, including a Master’s degree from Harvard University, and a Doctoral degree from the University of Oxford. His background combines academic research, teaching and project development in fields such as climate policy, the contemporary economic crisis, multilateral governance and the energy transition, among others. From 1994 to 2002 he was Research Fellow and Project Manager at the Fridtjof Nansen Institute in Norway, and from 1999 to 2013 professor at Palacky University Olomouc. He has designed and managed projects in the spheres of leadership and personal development such as the School for Transformative Leadership, which provided innovative courses to more than 4000 students. Gaudenz has also worked with international companies and organisations including the World Bank Group and the UN. In all his activities, he seeks to reorient “success” from a narrow preoccupation with money and status toward broader goals related to self-development, big picture thinking, and value-driven contributions to society and planet. Together with an international team, he currently works on developing and implementing the University for the Future as a new model of higher education. As a concrete showcase, he is developing the first campus in a nature-based setting.
Markus Molz serves as coordinator of the University for the Future Initiative. He is also managing director of the Alliance for the Future, founding board member of the Institute for Integral Studies and associate editor of Integral Review – A Transdisciplinary and Transcultural Journal for New Thought, Research and Praxis. Markus holds a Doctoral degree in Educational Sciences from the University of Luxembourg and a Master’s degree in Psychology from the University of Regensburg with a Minor in Sociology and a concentration in Work and Organisational Psychology. His background combines integral studies and transdisciplinary social research, educational innovation, consulting for non-profit organisations, and creation of dialogical gatherings (e.g. the symposium Research Across Boundaries). Since 1995, he has contributed to various European projects in the areas of intercultural relations, new learning technologies and educational quality development. He was also involved in the development of several new higher education programmes and institutions in different European countries. Markus’ current focus is on developing pioneering organisational, curriculum and research designs for the emerging University for the Future. Animated by the impulse to facilitate synergies among people engaged in conscious evolution, he is now implementing a multi-local system of transformative organisations.