Opportunities and challenges in higher education – scenario workshop

In 2022, the Future of Higher Education Research Centre prepared a report entitled “Scenarios about the future of higher education in 2022“.

The report outlines four possible futures for higher education along two dimensions, the “internal structure” of education and the flexibility level of programs.

These scenarios were discussed by 8 invited higher education professionals from three institutions (University of Szeged, Corvinus University of Budapest and Budapest Business School – University of Applied Sciences). In addition to their feelings and impressions, the lecturers and researchers  discussed the opportunities and challenges related to the 4 scenarios, which can help the institutions be better prepared for such possible situations.


The biggest challenges for the participants were the (re)definition of the instructor’s role, and place of research in these new directions. Furthermore, social aspects such as equal opportunities and the emergence of a sustainable approach were brought up during the discussion about the scenarios.

This workshop was the first of the FHERC scenario-workshop series, in which we would like to discuss the elaborated future visions and the role and tasks of a responsible university with the various stakeholders of higher education.