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The ongoing changes in universities are considered in the logic of change of socio-economic development phases – as an aspect of the post-industrial transition. The content of the society and university development phases is comprehended through a set of categories: “the activity-oriented – the social – the anthropological”.

The article identifies four “generations” of universities relevant to the pre-industrial, industrial, post-industrial and cognitive phases. In order to analyze transitions from one generation to another the authors use a model “overcoming – positing – deployment” (forms of activity, institutional forms, forms of consciousness and thinking, pictures of the world). The article also discusses features of the future University – University 4.0.

Alla V. Laptevа and Valerii S. Efimov New Generation of Universities. University 4.0 / Journal of Siberian Federal University. Humanities & Social Sciences 11 (2016 9) pp. 2681-2696. DOI: 10.17516/1997-1370-2016-9-11-2681-2696.