For the international seminar “Opening higher education: What the future might bring” that Laureate organized with OECD Center for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI), many education experts from all over the world gathered on the new Berlin Campus.
Former adviser for tertiary education at the World Bank Jamil Salmi, Undersecretary and university expert at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research Peter Greisler, Research Fellow at the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China Haixia Xu, as well as Senior Analyst at CERI Stéphan Vincent-Lancrin, and many others discussed the themes of the university of the future, free access to educational resources, removal of admissions restrictions, new academic degrees, as well as open and interactive teaching and learning methods.
Technical innovations, digital media, and societal transformations are changing university education. New education models such as Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are increasingly gaining ground and opening universities up from all angles. The international seminar provided the opportunity for university and education stakeholders to compare notes and discuss the growth and long-term impact, advantages, and risks of the opening up of university education. The central questions were: What do these developments mean for universities as institutions, what kinds of challenges will they have to face in the future, and what are the institutional and political challenges of opening up education?
A more detailed report will follow.
Peter Greisler, German Federal Ministry of Education and Research
Jamil Salmi, Global tertiary education expert
Francisco Marmolejo, World Bank
Tom Bailey, Columbia University
Gonzalo Vargas, Vertebral, Chile
Florian Rampelt, Kiron University Project
Olivier Crouzet, France
Oliver Janoschka, Germany
Pavel Luksha, Global Education Futures