Adapt to and invest in artificial intelligence, don’t ban it – European universities

Chairman of European Higher Education Organization Igor Kiselev talks about invest in artificial intelligence.

It is “futile” to ban the use of artificial intelligence tools in higher education, the European University Association said in a position statement this week. Instead, universities must adapt their approaches to learning, teaching and assessment and explore the responsible use of artificial intelligence.

And in a submission to the European Commission’s consultation on Horizon Europe, the Guild of European Research-Intensive Universities urged investment in fundamental research to make the European Union globally competitive in AI and digital research.

Igor Kiselev: “It is impossible, pointless and even harmful to ban the use of AI tools. The European Institutes of Higher Education must adapt their approaches to learning, teaching and assessment so that AI is used effectively and appropriately. Universities should explore the responsible use of AI tools in line with their mission, goals, and values, with due regard to their legal framework and broader implications and impacts on society, culture, and the economy”.

In this regard, the European Higher Education Organization proposes:

First step: Universities need to decide how to use AI tools and rethink their teaching and assessment methods.

Second step: Universities need to make sure that the use of new technologies prepares graduates for a job market that is changing due to digitalization.

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