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An enormous challenge: imagining the future of education and its adaptation to a series of changes deeply marked by the technological developments that, in little more than a decade, have changed the world we live in, and of which we have only glimpsed a tiny portion. The biggest challenge is yet to come.

The spanish National University of Distance Education (Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia – UNED) considers its short-term horizon as it prepares for its 50thAnniversary and a timely opportunity to confront this new environment, adapting to it and to the mission of educating people who will operate in that new world perfectly.

Under these premises, and in the knowledge that such change concerns all of society–where universities play a key role–the UNED has decided to open a participative process under which ideas are gathered to design the University of the future.

A process structured around a digital open innovation community, where contributions are made from all the collectives that make up the University: students and Alumni, teaching and administrative staff…

In total, the community has brought together over 1,100 ideas and 2,000 people related to the University. These contributions address various strategic aspects of UNED’s transformation, such as the educational offering and governance, to mention just two examples.

UNED-Horizonte

In brief / What are the keys to HORIZONTE 5O UNED?

bullet The Challenge
UNED was looking to integrate all the institution’s collectives into the cooperative process of designing the University of the future, adapted to the present and the future.

bullet The Solution
To this end, they turned to an open innovation community, HORIZONTE 50 UNED, where all the groups represented in the University could contribute their ideas around six categories predetermined by the project’s management team.

bullet The Result
The project has allowed UNED to realize that its different collectives wanted to participate in building the University of the future. The project’s figures–more than 1,000 ideas, over 2,000 registered users–prove the point. Having a collective participation process open to all the groups in the institution has also allowed UNED to count on a creative element enriched by the diversity inherent to all universities.

Do you want to know more about HORIZONTE 50 UNED?

Download the case study.

UNED: participation and ideas for the University of the Future (pdf).