What is you campus’ vision of Generative AI (Gen AI)? Is your campus leadership still on the fence or reluctant to embrace this transformative technology?

Gen AI is likely to remain a key element in higher education, but currently, the sector’s response is often compartmentalized, reactive, and short-term, focusing mainly on immediate risks rather than embracing the technology as a long-term, revolutionary asset.

This perspective is based on the following observations:

A long-term and sustainable strategy requires key strategic pillars and a roadmap. Here are some ideas to consider.

Key Strategic Pillars:

Strategic Leadership and Governance

  • Governance Framework: Establish a committee with administration, faculty, staff, and student representatives to oversee AI policy and strategy.
  • Ethical Use Policy: Create a campus-wide code of ethics for responsible AI use.
  • Long-Term Vision and Strategy: Articulate a vision that aligns AI with the institution’s long-term goals, involving all campus community members.

Ethics, Governance, and Public Policy

  • AI Governance: Establish structures for AI governance, focusing on ethical considerations and inclusive representation from all campus groups.

Curriculum Development and Academic Enhancement

  • Course Development: Integrate AI topics across curricula for students and training programs for staff.
  • Workshops and Certifications: Offer development workshops and certification programs in AI applications and ethics for faculty, staff, and students.
  • Curriculum Integration and Evolution: Evolve curriculum to include AI in diverse subjects, creating AI-focused degrees and staff development opportunities.

Continuous Learning and Development

  • Development Programs: Offer ongoing learning opportunities in AI for students, faculty, and staff, including mentorship and leadership programs.

Research and Innovation

  • Research Agenda: Identify and pursue key AI research areas, leveraging strengths across faculty, staff, and students.
  • Startup Incubator: Support AI startups from the campus community, providing resources and support.
  • Collaborative Research and Development: Encourage collaborative research involving faculty, staff, and external partners.

Resource Allocation and Infrastructure

  • Faculty and Staff Development Funds: Allocate grants for AI research and pedagogical innovation, including staff training programs.
  • Infrastructure Investment: Upgrade facilities for AI, ensuring access for research and practical applications by all campus members.
  • Operational Guidelines and Training: Implement AI guidelines for administrative tasks, providing training for all relevant staff.

Community Engagement and Global Collaboration

  • Knowledge Exchange Network: Establish a platform (e.g. Community of Practice) for AI knowledge sharing among faculty, staff, students, and the broader community.
  • Public Seminar Series: Host seminars on AI’s impact, encouraging participation from the entire campus and public.

Career Development and Networking

  • Career Network: Build an AI career network offering guidance, job placement services, and mentorship, connecting students, staff, and alumni in the field.

Monitoring, Evaluation, and Sustainability

  • Annual AI Symposium: Host an event to showcase AI developments, inviting external experts and encouraging participation from all campus members.
  • Strategy Review: Regularly assess and update the AI strategy based on feedback from faculty, staff, students, and external developments.
  • Sustainability and Adaptability: Focus on sustainable and adaptable practices in AI ecosystem development, involving all campus sectors.

Alumni and Industry Engagement

  • Alumni Involvement: Engage alumni in AI initiatives, facilitating connections with current students, faculty, and staff.
  • Industry Partnerships: Develop partnerships for internships, research, and application insights, involving the entire campus community.

Outreach and Public Engagement

  • Community Outreach: Implement AI literacy programs for the community, involving staff and students in outreach activities.
  • Public Engagement Activities: Organize activities to promote public understanding of AI, encouraging participation from all campus members.

Future-Oriented Analysis and Scenario Planning

  • Predictive Analysis and Scenarios: Use analytics to anticipate AI trends, considering their implications for education and campus operations.

Financial Strategy and Sustainability

  • Funding Strategies: Develop plans for securing funding and ensuring ROI on AI investments, considering the needs of the entire campus.


Phase 1: Foundation and Awareness

Duration: 6-12 months

  1. Assessment and Awareness Building
    • Conduct an institutional audit to assess current AI capabilities and needs.
    • Initiate awareness campaigns about Gen AI for all campus members.
  2. Establishment of Leadership and Governance
    • Form a cross-functional Gen AI Steering Committee.
    • Define roles and responsibilities for AI governance.
  3. Initial Policy and Ethical Framework Development
    • Develop a preliminary Gen AI ethical use policy.
    • Start discussions on Gen AI implications in education and research.

Phase 2: Strategy Development and Planning

Duration: 12-18 months

  1. Strategic Planning and Vision Setting
    • Develop a clear, long-term Gen AI strategy aligned with institutional goals.
    • Set measurable objectives and key performance indicators (KPIs).
  2. Curriculum and Program Planning
    • Plan for the integration of Gen AI topics into existing curricula.
    • Design professional development programs for faculty and staff.
  3. Resource Allocation and Infrastructure Planning
    • Budget for Gen AI initiatives, including research, training, and infrastructure.
    • Plan infrastructure upgrades for AI support.

Phase 3: Implementation and Pilot Programs

Duration: 18-24 months

  1. Curriculum and Program Implementation
    • Introduce Gen AI topics into selected courses.
    • Launch training workshops and certification programs for staff and faculty.
  2. Pilot Research and Development Projects
    • Initiate pilot Gen AI research projects.
    • Establish a startup incubator for Gen AI innovations.
  3. Operational Integration
    • Implement Gen AI in administrative tasks as pilot programs.
    • Start upgrading infrastructure to support Gen AI applications.

Phase 4: Community Engagement and Expansion

Duration: 24-36 months

  1. Community Engagement and Knowledge Exchange
    • Organize public seminars and workshops on Gen AI.
    • Establish a Gen AI Community of Practice.
  2. Expansion of Curriculum and Research Programs
    • Broaden the integration of Gen AI across multiple disciplines.
    • Expand research projects and collaborations, both domestically and internationally.
  3. Operational Scaling and Further Integration
    • Scale up successful Gen AI applications in administration.
    • Continue infrastructure enhancements for wider Gen AI deployment.

Phase 5: Evaluation, Monitoring, and Continuous Improvement

Duration: Ongoing

  1. Regular Assessment and Strategy Review
    • Conduct biannual reviews of Gen AI initiatives.
    • Adjust strategies based on feedback and technological advancements.
  2. Continuous Professional Development
    • Provide ongoing learning opportunities in Gen AI for all campus members.
    • Keep curriculum and programs up to date with the latest AI advancements.
  3. Sustainability and Future Planning
    • Focus on sustainable practices in AI use.
    • Anticipate future AI trends and prepare the institution accordingly.