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What does the future of education hold?

Ashoka U co-founder and executive director Marina Kim discusses the future of education and the role higher education plays

November 15, 2017

Ashoka U co-founder and executive director Marina Kim will speak about the future of education and the role universities play, as part of the SFU Vancouver Speaker Series on Wednesday, Nov. 15, at the Segal Graduate School of Business in Vancouver.

“I think the future of education includes more focus on exploring an individual’s purpose,” says Kim. “That will be a key element to guide decisions around what to study, which leadership endeavors to take on, and which professional paths to pursue post-graduation.

“To be effective in living your purpose, we believe in the power of becoming a changemaker—where students are equipped with skillsets, and mindsets that enable them to contribute to society and impact their communities.”

Kim’s lecture will be followed by a question and answer session moderated by Kris Magnusson, dean of SFU’s faculty of Education.



The SFU Vancouver Speaker Series is part of SFU Vancouver’s Open Learning Week. From November 15-21, SFU is hosting over 15 events and three gallery exhibits bringing together departments, programs and centres from across SFU's eight sites within Downtown Vancouver and the Downtown East Side.



  • Wednesday, November 15, 2017
  • 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.



  • SFU’s Segal Graduate School of Business
  • Room 1200, 500 Granville Street, Vancouver



In July, Simon Fraser University became the first B.C. university to be designated an Ashoka U Changemaker campus—one of over 40 Changemaker Campuses around the world. The designation recognizes leadership in social innovation.



Marina Kim is available for interviews during the day. To set up interviews, please contact Ian Bryce.



Ashoka U is an initiative of Ashoka, the world’s largest network of social entrepreneurs and changemakers. The program recognizes colleges and universities globally that have embedded social innovation and changemaking into their culture, programming and operations and are committed to partnering in the network to make social innovation and changemaking education the new norm in higher education.



As Canada's engaged university, SFU is defined by its dynamic integration of innovative education, cutting-edge research and far-reaching community engagement. SFU was founded more than 50 years ago with a mission to be a different kind of university—to bring an interdisciplinary approach to learning, embrace bold initiatives, and engage with communities near and far. Today, SFU is Canada’s leading comprehensive research university and is ranked one of the top universities in the world. With campuses in British Columbia’s three largest cities – Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey – SFU has eight faculties, delivers almost 150 programs to over 35,000 students, and boasts more than 150,000 alumni in 130 countries around the world.


Simon Fraser University: Engaging Students. Engaging Research. Engaging Communities.

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