OECD-Singapore conference on future of global higher education landscape

“The OECD-Singapore Conference on Higher Education Futures will explore forward-looking themes in the global higher education landscape. Plenary sessions and parallel discussions will focus on mapping and meeting future demand for higher education, the rise of higher education in Asia, challenges to traditional modes of education, and how higher education can stay relevant in the face of resource challenges. The Conference will bring together some 500 participants from over 40 countries, representing senior government officials, higher education administrators, academics and practitioners, for an engaging exchange of ideas and best practices.”

glocal students in Transnational education and unbundling of education

There are four themes for the conference are:

  1. Mapping and meeting future demand for higher education;
  2. The rise of higher education in Asia and the impact on the global landscape;
  3. Technology, disruption and the ‘unbundling’ of higher education: challenges to traditional modes of education; and
  4. Two sides of the same coin: resource challenges, the drive for quality and imperatives for relevance.

I will be presenting under the track of “Technology, Disruption and the ‘Unbundling’ of Higher Education: Challenges to Traditional Modes of Education.” This track will start with the plenary panel which will include Dr. Diana Oblinger, President Emerita, EDUCAUSE.

In specific, the theme of my parallel session is “Reinventing the 21st Century university: new models for the student consumer.” Other co-presenters with me on the panel are Mr. Adam Tyson, Acting Director, Education and Innovation, Directorate-General for Education and Culture, European Commission and Dr. Dewayne Matthews, Vice-President of Strategy Development, Lumina Foundation.

Here is the description of the focus my presentation:
The Rise of ‘Glocal’ Students and New Models of Transnational Education 
Expanding consumer class in Asia is giving rise to a new segment of ‘glocal’ students who are willing to pay for a global educational experience while staying in their home country or region. ‘Glocals’ represent the emerging segment of students who seek transnational education (TNE) including international branch campuses, twinning arrangements, distance education and even experiment with the technology-enabled models of learning like MOOCs. This session will provide an overview of latest trends and research on unique characteristics of ‘glocal’ students and discuss its implications for the future of internationalisation through innovative transnational education models.

Dr. Rahul Choudaha