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What is the Global Future Skills Project?

In a world which is changing faster than ever before, it has never been more urgent to actively shape this global transformation in order to create the best possible future. Today’s students need to learn the necessary skills for this – Future Skills. The challenge of promoting them is one of the currently most debated challenges for higher education institutions all over the world.

The Global Future Skills Project intends to build the first global entry point to access visionary higher education programs aiming at future skills for their graduates. This will be achieved through a video-based webportal portraying good practices and through an academic book publication. The project aims at increasing visibility for existing and emerging innovative teaching and learning practices, connecting educational innovators and promoting peer learning.

Future Skills are Skills which enable students to collectively impact societal transformation in order to create more sustainable futures. The Future Skills concept is based on educational research, comprises 17 skills profiles and represents a strong alternative vision of higher education.

Throughout the past decade, the NextEducation research group has established an internationally unique and broad insight into the theory and conceptualization of Future Skills as a model for Future Higher Education (for more information:

The Global Future Skills Project aims to look for exemplary programs in the field of higher education. It seeks to cover approaches from all six continents and elicit ground-breaking and visionary future education programs. In a high-level peer-reviewed academic publication, the authors will explain in-depth their approach, methods, experiences and evidence of their selected good-practice Future Skill programs. The book will be published by “Springer” in the Series “Future Higher Education” as an open access publication, without any costs for authors.

In addition, a global observatory website will be set up where good practice programs will be presented. In order to allow a maximum of peer learning, a short presentation video will be produced for each example and disseminated through the website. With the dedicated website and book publication, the project will support Global Future Skills Education in different contexts by inciting reflection on and assessment of Future Skills within a global milestone research publication.

What are we looking for?

We are looking for your visionary and Future Skills-based higher education programs, courses and teaching & / learning concepts built around supporting students’ Future Skills development.  Please note: Future Skills Programs do not follow a clearcut well-defined concept but rather a unique pattern of higher education aimed at supporting graduates’ abilities to shape an ever-changing future society in a sustainable and desirable way. Future Skills programs are different, innovative – and designed around the understanding that our world is following an emergent rather than planned development pathway, and that self-organisation and the ability to take perspectives, exercise creativity and ethical leadership will make the difference in the future.

Future Skills in that understanding is increasingly becoming a global movement which we seek to capture and support through collecting and disseminating new visions of higher education for a future world. Future Skills are understood as skills enabling graduates to act as transformative agents in emergent developments in organisations, societies and the world as a whole.

We therefore seek:

    • teaching and learning concepts in higher education that are currently being implemented or have already been implemented.
    • individual projects, course, study programmes or holistic general teaching concepts, also but not limited to cooperation with corporate and civil society actors
    • A new vision of higher education and the development of students’ Future Skills as well as its teaching-learning approach should be central

We carry out a two-stage submission process. In the first stage, you submit your project as an expression of interest, including an abstract of max. 5.000 characters, incl. spaces. . We will then get back to you and contact you to submit the full contribution in the second stage.
Deadline for expression of interest: 15.12.2021

You can also submit your expression of interest by using this PDF form and sending it to

Prof. Dr. Ulf-Daniel Ehlers

DHBW Karlsruhe

Professor for Educational Management and Lifelong Learning

Laura Eigbrecht

DHBW Karlsruhe


Dr. Michael Stolle

KIT House of Competence, PerspektivenLABOR

Managing Director

Sofie Decker

KIT House of Competence, PerspektivenLABOR

Collegial Management

Who takes the initiative?

The Global Future Skills Project” is initiated by two globally leading universities: The Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University (DHBW) ( and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) ( in Germany. An expert team from both institutions is cooperating on the implementation of the global initiative, led by Prof. Dr. Ulf-Daniel Ehlers, Professor of Education Management and Lifelong Learning at DHBW, Head of NextEducation Research Group ( and initiator of the groundbreaking NextSkills study ( in cooperation with Dr. Michael Stolle, CEO of KIT’s House of Competence.

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