http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/icons/worldwise-nameplate.gifBy Nigel Thrift. A recent trip to India I took underlined the challenge that higher education faces worldwide. It must change what it does and how it does it to meet the growing demand. In India, for example, one estimate is that 500 million people will need training in vocational skills by 2022 and 40 million will need a university education by 2020. The consequences of these kinds of numbers for colleges and universities—not only in India but elsewhere, too—are still only being thought through.
I can think of five consequences. First, higher education will have to become even more involved in secondary and adult education. Read more...