A recent seminar at the University of Warwick on the future of Higher Education proved to us, once again, that our model is ‘on the money’.
The firm view was that Higher Education is becoming more democratised and consumer led. The curriculum will be increasingly collaborative and with a heightened emphasis on experiential learning. There will also be a greater need for self-sufficiency and human interaction as students must be prepared for ‘portfolio’ and multiple careers – not put in a ‘box’. The student must be put at the centre of the ‘university’ experience and the supply of quality graduates will not meet demand over the next decade.
There was, however, a sound note of caution. Little is being done to equip potential faculty staff to meet these changes. It illustrates to us the importance of recruiting staff with the right mind-set because, without them, we will not be able to change the paradigm. Food for thought.