At the dawn of what has been called phase 2, many are wondering what life will be like after Coronavirus. Between distance lessons and new methods to approach online teaching, students and university professors found themselves jumping into the dark. In recent days we have seen how the boys have adapted very well to the period of quarantine , but now we asked ourselves: will this period definitively change the university vision or will it just be a moment of transition? We were not the only ones to ask ourselves this doubt: about 70 universities, headed by RUS — the Network of Universities for Sustainable Development, said in an open letter addressed to all Italians. But let’s go into detail.
The days ahead of the university future seemed dark and stormy at the beginning of this quarantine, but in reality there was a word that kept turning around talking about the future, resilience. This term, which was born with reference to the earth, indicates the adaptability of an individual, or in this case of a society, which in a period of profound difficulty rises again in a new and unpredictable way.
To date, this ability is being carried out by RUS which, in the open letter, deals in depth with the current situation of Italian universities, setting out objectives and proposals for a sustainable future.
So what are the common objectives expressed in this letter? The basic idea is that at the end of this Coronavirus period, the Italian university did not stop but, rather, take this opportunity to rethink its future. So yes to a sustainable development with productive reconversion policies, yes also to the rethinking of the training processes, understood as the rewriting in full of the current methods, tools, times and educational processes. The letter, in essence, emphasizes the backwardness of the previous academic mechanisms, thus promoting a cultural and working adjustment so that everyone is aware of the infinite possibilities that sustainable thinking holds.
« We understood that it is possible to work from afar, that it is possible to work without entering an office, that it is possible to do school on the net, even with all the limits. This does not mean that our world will always be in smart working or e-learning mode, because nobody wants it, but it means that the future must see us more ready to use the tools that are gradually available, and therefore also that somehow our regulatory systems must give us the right space », says Professor Giuseppe Pirlo, professor of Information Processing Systems and referent for Digital Agenda and Smart City at the University of Bari» Aldo Moro «, in reference to the text expressed in the letter. This period, therefore, must not be forgotten but, on the contrary, must be a warning for the futuristic drive to which the Italian universities had long been aspiring without ever having moved in practice.