The Future of the Tertiary Education Sector:Scenarios for a Learning Society

This paper presents scenarios for tertiary education twenty years or so from now. On the
basis of these stories about the broad tertiary sector, the paper closes with some
speculation on the possible role(s) of these institutions in the long-run future. The
scenarios are not predictions, nor forecasts of what is likely to happen. Rather they are
stories that evoke a range of possible futures. Exploring a multiplicity of possible futures
opens up a bigger canvas for imagining what kind of future we want and which strategic

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Beyond current horizons: The future for education beyond 2025

The worlds and scenarios presented here are stories of possible futures, between twenty
and thirty years from 2009, based on the research carried out for the Beyond Current
Horizons programme. They describe possible social and technological changes that might
take place, and what these changes might mean for education. Each of the three worlds
describes a different possible future, with its own particular goals, challenges and
opportunities for educators. Within each world, two scenarios describe different ways in

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