Reimagining higher education: Lessons from around the world

Left: Residential Education logo, Right: Headshot of Bryan Penprase
April 24, 2024, 11a-12p, @ 4-149
MIT Campus
MIT Community

How can higher education institutions—from start-ups to established universities—reinvent education today? 

Bryan Penprase will share valuable lessons from comparative case studies of eight innovative colleges and universities in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and North America. These new universities grappled with issues not unlike those at long-standing institutions, from balancing local and global impact to establishing campus and virtual presence, and (re)inventing curriculum and instructional approaches. 

In his xTalk, he will share some of the details of the founding of these institutions, lessons about how leadership and academic culture converge to create new forms of curriculum and more innovative and effective learning for students. The “startup” universities provide many insights that can help all universities work to reinvent how they operate and serve students and society. 

Come to ask questions and hear from Bryan Penprase, who is currently a visiting scholar at Harvard University, researching the future of higher education and working on a new book on future universities in the age of artificial intelligence. 

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Speaker Bio: Bryan Penprase serves as Professor of Astronomy and Vice President for External Academic Relations and Sponsored Research at Soka University of America. He holds a BS in Physics and an MS in Applied Physics from Stanford University (‘85), and a PhD in Astronomy and Astrophysics from University of Chicago (‘92). He is the co-author, with Noah Pickus of Duke University, of The New Global Universities – Reinventing Higher Education for the 21st Century (Princeton University Press), and the author of Models of Time and Space - the Foundations of Astrophysical Reality from Across the Centuries, STEM Education for the 21st Century, and The Power of Stars – How Celestial Observations Have Shaped Civilization (Springer Nature Publishing). ​​Learn more: