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The University Experiment

Universities have been centres of education and discovery for centuries. But today they are also supposed to be engines of economic growth, beacons of equal opportunity, laboratories for new modes of learning and more. Change is being thrust upon them at an unprecedented rate. Nature looks at some of the myriad ways that universities around the world are responding, as they try to shake off old habits of thought and explore new ways of doing things.


From the archive

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    Massive open online courses are transforming higher education — and providing fodder for scientific research.

    • M. Mitchell Waldrop
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    Undergraduate textbooks are going digital. Declan Butler asks how this will shake up student reading habits and the multi-billion-dollar print textbook market.

    • Declan Butler
  • Nature News | News Feature

    Harvard is embarking on an experiment to foster collaboration and interdisciplinary research. Corie Lok looks at whether it can change its culture and reinvent communities along the way.

    • Corie Lok