The university of the future will be interdisciplinary
Universities are used to traditional departmental structures. But these monolithic structures are blocking the next phase in the evolution of universities and preventing research and education from evolving. Designing courses that are cross-disciplinary, where one discipline learns from the perspective of another, or interdisciplinary, where the disciplines are integrated, allows for more context-specific programmes that better suit industry and prepare students for jobs. In the US, there has been a shift towards more flexible structures, with staff free to move between interdisciplinary centres. This trend is settling down in the UK like in the University of Essex, which has an Interdisciplinary Studies Centre where students can choose modules from across humanities and social sciences subjects and work with staff from different departments. Read more.