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The Future of Higher Education. A Report with Mobile World Capital for UNESCO.


We presented a report on the Future of Higher Education in collaboration with Mobile World Capital at the UNESCO World Higher Education Conference 2022. You can read the introduction to the report here and download the full report below.

Uncover the Future of Higher Education with our report The Future of Higher Education. In partnership with the Mobile World Capital, we presented our findings at the 2022 UNESCO World Higher Education Conference. As higher education evolves at an unprecedented pace, it’s crucial to stay ahead of the curve. To find out what the future of higher ed looks like, download the full report below.

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Report: The Future of Higher Education. A Report with Mobile World Capital for UNESCO.


  • The Seven Pillars for the Future of Education
  • Signals of the Future
    • Marginal
    • Early
    • Compelling
    • Transformative
  • Vision 2030: Layered University
    • Pillars
      • More-versity
      • Multiversity
      • Ecosystemic
      • Purposeful
      • Pathways and Traces
      • Augmented Learning Experience
      • From surviving to thriving in uncertainty

A Brief Introduction to the Report

The Seven Pillars of the Future of Higher Education

As we enter the third decade of the 21st century, the world has become more complex and more interconnected.

The abundance of knowledge and the scarcity of known paths for solutions to a different set of challenges will drive existing models of Higher Education (hereafter HE) towards an accelerated and permanent transformation by introducing greater flexibility, innovative learning and teaching methods, alongside new forms of credentialism and the imperative need to nurture a broader ecosystem.

Innovation is a much more fragmented and varied endeavor today than ever before. As a consequence of falling barriers, more young companies in unsuspected places are pursuing many new avenues of invention, and a number of these involve new technological advances.

Deep technologies — innovations based on scientific research — will be a key part of the answer to many of today’s global challenges. Solving the global challenges of this century — and driving local economic success — depends on the prompt and effective commercialization of new technologies.

To accomplish these goals, government, industry, community, educational institutions, investors and entrepreneurs will have to collaborate closer together to build solutions and enter into the market quickly and at scale.

The Future of Higher Education, created by EDT&Partners with Mobile World Capital for the UNESCO World Higher Education Conference 2022 The EDiT EDT&Partners edtech consulting

In 2021, according to the data provided by the International Association of Universities, there were approximately 20,000 universities globally. Every institution is immersed in a more global, diversified and complex environment. For learners and their families, learning choices become harder as the criteria for relevance and competitive advantages become increasingly more personal and contextual. The selection of paths to (and the weight of) potential returns will not conform to the traditional values of benchmarks among options.


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Our firm was created in 2016 by business, tech, and education consultants to IMAGINE, INSPIRE and IMPROVE education. We help organizations at all stages with specialized regional consultants in more than 12 countries. Our consulting services provide valuable guidance and support for those navigating the complex and ever-changing landscape of education and technology from K12 to higher education and beyond.

Our services are divided into two dimensions: growth and tech. For consulting for growth, we offer services of product-market fit analysis, curriculum analysis & gap identification, product optimization analysis & recommendations, and price analysis, market size (TAM, SAM, SOM), channel partners, distributors, and resellers, GTM strategy, and services related to marketing: brand awareness, communication & events. For Tech & Product, we offer services of, interoperability, including a technical audit, a product audit, and a business audit, services of Cloud AWS, including migration, optimization, and leveraging data, we also offer services of AI & ML product enhancement, and, at last, we have our Product-market / Product-business fit.

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