Study at Reykjavik University



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Our international students describe their RU experiences.

Reykjavik University, 2017

Reykjavik University is very closely
connected to the industry of Iceland. This gives our students a unique opportunity in
a very close-knit, advanced, developed industrial society to have access to industry, specialists and
opportunities that very few universities can offer. I really like the place. Everybody is very nice
and is always willing to help you. I selected Iceland mainly because
of Iceland itself, because of the nature. But on the other hand the
school is also very good. It’s a very high
energy environment. We have geothermal and
we also have a lot of water because it rains a lot,
hence hydropower. And there is
also a lot of wind. It’s an opportunity for me to learn a number of
innovative renewable energy technologies and be able to utilize
them when I go back home. In corporate finance we are few people,
small classes and a lot of discussions. A lot of interaction between students and teachers.
So it has a personal feel to it. Here in the computer science department
there is a very advanced course Here in the computer science department
there is a very advanced course for game design and virtual environments.
So that’s the main reason that brought us here. Classes are a lot smaller here and
you have a lot more regular assignments like group work
and presentations. I feel that there is a much more direct
relationship between teacher and student. With much more dialog which
can really help improve your studying. We really sit down with our students
and we tailor the program to each student. Our primary purpose is to educate the
specialists and the leaders of the future. I’m working in the subfield of mathematics
called combinatorics and I work with quite simple
mathematical objects. We’re teaching the computer how to prove
things about these mathematical objects. This is very new. You have study spaces
you have lecture halls and you also have a very nice
library where I study a lot. I think it’s really advanced, a lot of
access to innovative and modern stuff that really makes learning
and studying easier. It’s been really nice. We have met
a lot of different people and we are always doing
something. We have full schedules. We live in the capital and
there is always something to do a lot of cultural events, dancing and places
to meet people and just hang out. At one point it was
a hard decision for me. But when I came here then I knew it was the
right decision. So I’m very happy here. Something that I really liked
was that it was Iceland. So it was perfect, I could study and come
to an amazing place at the same time.

Digital transformation: are you ready for exponential change? Futurist Gerd Leonhard, TFAStudios



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Business as usual is dead. Increasingly, science fiction is becoming science fact. Exponential technologies are rapidly changing our lives and societies, every day, everywhere. We will need different skills, and we will need to get much better at driving change – or we will be driven by it. Most importantly, we should embrace technology but not become it. Anything that can be digitized or automated, will be – and anything that cannot be digitized or automated will become extremely valuable. Lastly, we must go beyond technology to define real human values in this new digital ecosystem.

A short film by Futurist Speaker Gerd Leonhard, produced in association with Accenture

Executive Producer and narrator: Gerd Leonhard and TFAStudios.
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Script: James McCabe
After Effect: Sylvain Collet
Sound mixing: Jeremy Joly

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once upon a time business as usual was often good enough no more where we are going good enough is dead in a world where everything is connected where everything is equally excellent where performance is reaching perfection there's only one space left to innovate in you right now you are a central point of the raging tornado of change fueled by digitization mobilization augmentation disintermediation automation well the list goes on science fiction is becoming science fact think about self-driving cars or computers that can learn and think the way we work will never be the same the skills we need will be dramatically different winning or losing are now happening faster than ever before so what's your response how will you discover new opportunities in one of the most transformational times in human history are you driving change or are you being driven by it disruption has become the new normal with change it's always gradually than suddenly well things really have stopped happening gradually this change is exponential everything that used to be dumb and disconnected is now why are intelligent cars cities poets farms even our bodies will be wired with sensors and will talk to each other these game changes are also combinatorial they amplify each other creating a perfect storm of change quantum computing fuels big data the internet-of-things fields artificial intelligence and deep learning which fields robotics however anything that cannot be digitized or automated will become extremely valuable human only traits such as creativity imagination intuition emotion and ethics will be even more important in the future because machines are very good at simulating but not at being yes robots and software will do some of our work but this will allow us to focus on things that cannot be automated to imagine change squared you've got to start engaging more with what might be not just with what is immerse yourself in the immediate future five to seven years out from today we need to go beyond technology and data to reach human insights and wisdom technology represents the howl of change but humans represent the why the future is about holistic business model the opportunity is to be liquid to learn just in time not just in case not single improvements but complete transformations not individual systems but new ecosystems humanity is where true and lasting value is created we will engage wait and buy things because of the experiences they provide because of their transformative power the future doesn't just happen the future gets happened the new way to work is to embrace technology but not to become it the future is in technology yet the bigger future lies in transcending it let's live and lead from here world of the boat