Looking forward – INTO’s chairman Andrew Colin offers his vision of the future of global higher education

Group of studentsIt’s a confusing world. The forces shaping global higher education demand and supply seem to be working in opposite directions. On the one hand student demand for higher education is at an all-time high. The demand for graduate-level skills across the world is also growing at an exponential rate.

On the other, there is talk of unsustainable higher education systems in the United States – on the verge of bankruptcy and spending well beyond their means, and in China reports emerge of a growing army of unemployed graduates.

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A call for action

Change, at an accelerating pace, is the story of our modern era.

Technological, economic and industrial transformations lead to significant social and political challenges in every country in the world.

The modern media bring events in every corner of the globe into our own homes in a way that was unimaginable decades ago. We are now all becoming ‘global citizens’ so the globalised world needs to be an important component of the modern education of every citizen of the world.

The universal challenge is whether people and their communities will be the masters of this enormous process of change or its victim.

Understanding and education are the key. That is why billions of people rightly see education as more and more important to their lives, and why all types of government increasingly want to give priority to the education of their populations.

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