Business model for the e-University
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e-University project: business model
This study has been a fascinating and a difficult one. Our task was to produce a business model for an e-University, a concept that did not exist, yet one which already conveyed a wide variety of meanings to different people. Both within and outside the higher education sector, there are those for whom the current paradigm of higher education is almost sacrosanct, as well as those for whom it is virtually dead. We believe our proposals steer between this Scylla and Charybdis.
There are many points on which we are clear, or fairly clear, about what needs to be done, but for which much more work is needed to find the best ways of doing it. It is in the nature of e-businesses in general that many of the solutions will only emerge in the course of trying to make it happen. The e-world does not wait for tried and tested solutions; nor must the e-university. Our higher education faces a great opportunity, but a great challenge. We are confident of its success.
Our work has been assisted by many people so far, and there are many more contributions to come. We thank them all for helping us develop these ideas and especially we thank our Steering Group and the Higher Education Funding Council for England. Our team was:
Quentin Thompson (team leader), consultant