I think the future of the university is uncertainty for many reasons. Technological reasons: the development of new technology will affect the way universities work, increasing the use of internet, more interactive classes, but also, more online or distance-mode lectures. Political reasons: As we see, politics plays a crucial role in how higher education works. Higher education needs resources for one, to develop research and support knowledge development; and second, to develop the new professionals who will manage and drive the world.
Current universities curriculums are based on the need of manufacturing labor after the industrial revolutions. This industrial revolution made economy base their foundations on repetitive labor that required some set of skills. With the development of technology, a lot of those jobs can be substituted by other devises, robots, etc. What is the role higher education will play? how will it adapt?