Universities and colleges have long held a monopoly on the definition and the transfer of knowledge. At least since the widespread introduction of the Internet, the cards are being shuffled in education. Even if access to information is not equated with knowledge, more and more - mostly free - alternatives to the traditional educational institutions are developing, that provide well curated content to a broad mass of people.
However, the progressive democratization and availability of content is not the only reason why established educational institutions need to reassert their relevance. In addition to the increasing privatization of the educational landscape, classical academic education is increasingly gaining competition from the business community. The question »how do we want to work in the future?« Is omnipresent and solutions are driven by the economy with enormous financial resources. Modern companies invest enormous sums in their corporate culture.
In forward-looking premises community-promoting events take place and public knowledge networks are formed.
They are also expanding their presence in the public space through events and cultural offers. As a result, they are having an ever greater influence on what and how we learn. The companies often use the terms and structures of educational institutions. They launch 'innovation labs' that are both conceptually and formally reminiscent of universities. An increasing number of companies - especially those from the tech industry - are turning their premises into campuses where their employees not only work but also teach, learn and ultimately live. The term campus is increasingly associated with successful companies today.
However, you must always keep in mind what enormous economic interests of the respective companies are behind it. This calls into question the freedom of free thinking that the campus is supposed to promote. Here is to check: Can economic interests and free education go hand in hand?