The crisis of academic freedom in Europe emerged as the main theme at the recent Bologna Process Beyond 2020: Fundamental values of the EHEA conference in Bologna. More than 200 university rectors and 800 other stakeholders participated. The aim of the conference was partly to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Bologna Declaration and partly to feed into the next European Higher Education Area or EHEA ministerial conference on the future of the Bologna Process that will take place in Rome next year.
To satisfy the ever-increasing demand for mobile broadband communications, the IMT-Advanced (IMT-A) standards have been ratified by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) in November 2010 and the fourth generation (4G) wireless communication systems are currently being deployed worldwide. The standardization for LTE Rel-12, also known as LTE-B, is also ongoing and expected to be finalized in 2014. The problem is that 5G will create millions of jobs but destroy millions more. We need a plan.
There is not a lot of time left to adapt to the enormous changes that we have to face in the next years. The most significant driving force of change is the climate threat, but also a world where we will work less with our body and more with our brain. Where robots will serve in a bar, clean hotels and help people in elderly homes. Christopher Pommerening who used to travel, study and work around the globe wants to give us the tools to be able to move in this world, especially our kids need a lot of assistance the next years. They will be the changemakers and suffer the most climate change.
Planet-BPM talks to Antti Kapanen from HTW’s MBA&E programme. HTW is a public University in Berlin and East Germany, with a student population of almost 14,000, which includes 3,132 international students. The University has two different campus locations: Campus Treskowallee in Berlin-Karlshorst and Campus Wilhelminenhof in Berlin-Oberschöneweide. There are about 70 different programmes of study some of which are: Engineering, Computer Science, Game Design, Fashion Desgin and Business.
How was 2018 for the MBA&E?
We had a great year overall. We sent out a record number of graduates. The programme has been growing over the past years but now we’ve reached what we think is a suitable size for us, with at most 120 students per year. We want to remain selective with the students, and right now we admit about 15-20% of applicants. With this size we can maintain a good standard in teaching and advisory.
Survey data from YouGov and TeacherTapp shows that teachers, students and parents want less focus on cramming for exams: 84% of teachers think school is preparing children for exams, but three-quarters of all teachers wish this wasn’t the main focus. 6 in 10 (60%) of all children aged 11-18, and half (50%) of parents of children aged 11-18, want schools to focus on more than passing exams.