Shifting Sands in Global HE – How Will it Play Out? 3rd QS MAPLE Dr Sonal Minocha Dean, University of Bedfordshire Business School May 2013 Why this Presentation? • ‘Storm’ conditions are emerging to support radical innovation of Higher Education and universities • Globally – the growth space for HE are the growth economies - India, China, Africa, South America eg one third of all graduates globally will be Chinese by 2020 • Collaborative models and private sector global providers of education emerging to address growth opportunities • ‘Steady as you go’ strategies by traditional universities will be high risk for the majority – so what should they do in terms of innovation? Use University of Bedfordshire as an example! The Demise of the Traditional University Model is a Live Debate ....... • See Barber et al (2013) their key themes: – unbundling of university model is happening – globalisation and technology are major drivers – cost and value of education challenged by ‘consumers’ – major theme of innovation is ‘education for employability’ – new global entrants likely to lead HE growth with traditional universities on a ‘steady as you go strategy’ Shifting Sands – Making Sense of the Global HE Context ..... this is the basis of the popular narrative but scope for imagination!! Shifting Sands- What are the Implications for Education Futures? Imagining education futures is not easy but five themes to reflect on: • increased strategic role of education in economies to sustain growth and innovation • Increase in HE private sector organisations able to innovate and operate globally across national systems • technology driven model of learning reducing cost of HE eg Christensen (2011) • nature of degrees change – flip from campus to work based learning? • innovation will be drawn by growth markets and will drive change in traditional university model & systems Examples of Innovation in the Global HE Space • KaosPilots: http://www.kaospilot.dk/ • Draper University: http://draperuniversity.com/ • 2iE – International Institute for Water and Environmental Engineering: http://www.2ieedu.org/index.php Innovation is happening in traditional university space and growth economy space driven by shifting sands ....... Imagining the Next Decade for Traditional Universities • Global brand traditional universities eg Oxford, Harvard will continue to thrive with ‘add-on’ innovations to the traditional model • Majority of traditional universities in developed economies will focus on differentiation of their educational model – innovation will be radical to support a global market offering; or a national/local/specialised university model • Major theme of innovation for majority of traditional universities will be new models of off-campus learning eg blended learning and/or work based learning • A niche group of traditional universities will focus on government funded research activity, increasingly linked to the needs of industry University of Beds Business School – How is it Responding? • Business PODs • Practice Weeks Designed to enhance graduate level employability Business PODs Teaching spaces designed like modern offices Working in groups from other business courses Teachers with business and teaching experience 90% of our graduates are, after six months in jobs or studying for a higher degree... (DLHE 2010, 2011, 2012) Business PODs Integrates academic and practice rigour Brainstorming, IT and boardroom areas Practical skills employers value Live projects for practice intelligence The knowledge, mindset and skills required by employers. Business PODs “I’ve learned so much about how I operate as an individual, my strengths and weaknesses, how to sell my good points and how to understand different opinions” “I love the relaxed nature and the open-door policy in the pods, the small groups and the crossdiscipline nature of them” Enhanced employability skills and better prospects for our graduates. Practice weeks-an example from last week! Ubershop – loyalty scheme – how to attract 100,000 customers Luton Town Football Club – how to attract a diverse fan base Runaway Media – social enterprise video company looking for sustained growth. Practice weeks Three companies presented problems to students Students work in groups to solve problems Supervised by tutors and learning new skills Competitive presentations back to the companies Practice weeks outcomes Integrating course content – Strategy, Operations, Marketing & Finance. Practice skills such as group working, project management presentation and business research Three project placements related to results Open Discussion: Shaping Castles from the Shifting Sands? • Innovation is difficult and challenging for traditional universities – reflections on innovation enablers and disablers in your context? • Global HE is the market space or is it? How can traditional universities operating in nationally based educational systems compete globally? • Establish a new 21st Century University – the ‘University for Global Business and Innovation’ – What might be the features of the business model? The educational model?
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