Published on July 10, 2009
Rethinking Relevance: Human Development and
GLCRSP End of Program Conference
June 18, 2009 - Naivasha, Kenya
Overview Importance of higher education Recent historical trends in higher education What does relevance mean? Current challenges and opportunities for change
Why Higher Education Matters Source: www.worldmapper.org
Primary Education Spending Source: www.worldmapper.org
Secondary Education Spending Source: www.worldmapper.org
Tertiary Education Spending Source: www.worldmapper.org
Science Research Source: www.worldmapper.org
New Patents Source: www.worldmapper.org
Population living on less than $1 per day Source: www.worldmapper.org
HIV Prevalence Source: www.worldmapper.org
Malaria cases Source: www.worldmapper.org
Why is the question of relevance important? The Knowledge Revolution Tremendous external pressures on higher education “Universities and the people within them have been relatively quiet about their role and purpose in contemporary societies.” - Sally Baker, Brian J. Brown Rethinking Universities: The Social Functions of Higher Education
Differing Models of Higher Education The Critical University Freedom of inquiry Deep thinking about fundamental questions “What for?” is not the most important question Goal is understanding Employment-Oriented Higher Education
Historical Trends in the Global North Influencing FactorsIncreasingly market-oriented societies.Democratization of education, the creation of polytechnics and community colleges, and the development of the U.S. land-grant institutions.Measurement of teaching and knowledge
Increasingly market-oriented societies.
Democratization of education, the creation of polytechnics and community colleges, and the development of the U.S. land-grant institutions.
Measurement of teaching and knowledge
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