Envisioning Report on Future of Higher Education

The first Envisioning Report for Empowering Universities in the uptake of new modes of teaching and learning was formally launched at a Special EADTU-EU Summit on Open and Flexible Higher Education in Brussels in May 2017.  The report co-edited by Professor Mark Brown is an outcome of the EMPOWER initiative and offers a number of think pieces on the future of higher education. Click here to download a PDF version of the report.


Copies of the report were also distributed to delegates attending the recent ICDE Leadership Summit in Nancy, France (May 22-23, 2017). You can read a brief summary of the highlights of this submit on the ICDE website and the slide-deck from Professor Mark Brown’s talk is available below.

First Empower Online Learning Leadership Academy

In early June 2016 the first Empower Online Learning Leadership Academy (EOLLA) took in place at Neth-ER in Brussels. The two-day workshop supported with an Online Primer was very successful, evidenced by the positive feedback from participants.IMG_1161

The Leadership Academy is designed around the principles of active learning and includes activities like high-level discussions, creative problem solving and strategic thinking in response to new and emerging models of teaching and learning. Four experienced institutional leaders from the field, including our own Professor Mark Brown, together with a diverse group of established and new and emerging leaders explored a number of real dilemmas, challenging case studies and future scenarios to better understanding some of the opportunities and threats facing Higher Education. Through a mix of short presentations, open discussions and small group work the programme culminated on the final day with a number of business cases being put to a simulated senior leadership team.


The EOLLA is part of a joint initiative between the European Consortium of Innovative Universities (ECIU) and the Empower programme managed by the European Association of Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU). Empower supports collaboration and sharing of expertise between European universities and provides specialist advice and guidance for institutional leaders on the latest developments in online, open and flexible education.