In the last half of the 20th Century, global conditions shifted to resource and fossil fuel scarcity. The competitive advantage shifted to K-type systems characterized by resource optimization, systems integration, and fine-tuned relationships. Unfortunately, due to a history of success through R-type growth; and major investments in R-type infrastructure, human systems and community development did not shift to K-type production. Reticence to change was extended into the future by higher education which continued to prepare students to pursue R-type growth.
There is a profound need to realign human systems with the condition of resource and energy paucity, and for higher education to develop graduates who lead society to K-type integration with local conditions. Universities of the Future address this need in existing universities and in a new generation of universities. The US-Brazil Universities of the Future Consortium USBUFC pursues this goal as educational overlays to degrees the students receive in their institutions and disciplines. In addition, USBUFC institutions pursue creation of a new generation of universities with the Mission of addressing 21st Century challenges and the goal of realigning human systems with local and regional conditions of resource and energy paucity.
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