What is a Smart University?
Smart University is a “university which enhances the education, research, and work experience of stakeholders by incorporating digital, innovative, and internet-based technologies for the betterment of the society at-large.”*
A “Smart University” would identify astute and acceptable ways in which universities and their graduates can enhance the contributions they make to society, to a university’s cultural heritage and to the future of its wider community.
A “Smart University” is not a destination, or a milestone. It is rather a continuation of the journey of progress of Universities’ role to serve humanity.
Smart Universities focus on 6 domains of the daily life of a university. They are:
1. Smart Campus
This may include smart infrastructure, smart buildings, smart sensors, smart spatial data and analysis, etc.
2. Smart People
University stakeholders include students, professors and assistants, staff and employees, leaders and executives, etc. A smart university requires smart people.
3. Smart Education
This will deal with smart applications impacting lectures/notes, textbooks, libraries, E-Learning tools, exams, etc.
4. Smart Research
Many smart tools are affecting daily activities in research labs, graduate programs, int’l cooperation, research tools, conferences, periodicals, etc.
5. Smart Governance
This includes personnel management, budgeting, education policies, procedures, student registration, appointments, reporting, data representation, etc.
6. Smart Influence
A smart university would influence local community, business relations, government cooperation, int’l collaboration, patents, online presence, etc.
Smart Universities give special attention to how stakeholders can become smarter about these things:
• Why they do what they do;
• Who benefits from what they do;
• How they set their goals and make it more likely that goals will be achieved;
• How they track the external environment for any threats and opportunities that could affect their goals;
• How they achieve their goals in cost-effective and time-effective ways;
• What wider benefits they bring to their communities;
• How they and their staff and students get recognized for their successes.