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Higher Education [Discussion Series]

 The goal of higher education should be to champion the airing of all honest viewpoints. Nothing less is acceptable.

Bill O’Reilly

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INTRODUCTION

Higher education institutions, despite popular perceptions to the contrary, do not exist in splendid isolation from the societies in which they are located. They reflect, reproduce, and to some extent, shape the social, cultural, economic and political values and relations that are characteristic of the broader society. This results in and gives rise to a range of issues that are inherent in differing interpretations of the social and economic trajectory of a given society.

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HIGHER EDUCATION IN THE 21st CENTURY

In recent times, higher education in general and management education in particular, have entered a period of profound transition driven by globalisation, technology, demographics and pressing social imperatives. There is little doubt that the demand for management education will continue to grow and that that the future does indeed hold exciting opportunities.

However, several issues are of major concern for business schools.
For example:

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· How will we accommodate future growth in light of resource constraints and quality concerns?
· How do we balance global aspirations against pressing local needs?
· How will we assure quality, given tremendous pressures to cut costs?
· How will we continue to align programs and curricula with the ever-changing needs of organisations?

Although there are no easy answers to these questions, the challenges embedded within them are not insurmountable. Most importantly, we must attempt to react quickly to these emerging imperatives.

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AIMS OF THE HIGHER EDUCATION [DISCUSSION SERIES]
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Against the abovementioned background, the Higher Education [DISCUSSION SERIES] will attempt to:

· Present topics in the spirit of stimulating discussion among stakeholders in the management and higher  education communities
· Provide a foundation for constructive dialogue and mutually beneficial collaboration that is capable of shaping the future of both management and higher education
· Engage academia, business and government leaders in a deeper dialogue concerning their involvement and investment in shaping the future through education
· Identify opportunities for creative and constructive intervention in shaping a higher education system that could yield many more economic, social and educational benefits than currently possible – thereby contributing to the needs of a developing democracy

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The Higher Education [DISCUSSION SERIES] will be held on a MONTHLY basis

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PLEASE JOIN US
A warm invitation is extended to the following key stakeholders

academicsINTERNAL & EXTERNAL ACADEMICS

business
ANY INDIVIDUAL FROM THE BUSINESS AND HIGHER EDUCATION SECTORS

universities
OTHER BUSINESS SCHOOLS & UNIVERSITIES

Please feel free to extend this invitation to anyone that may be interested

We encourage you to participate in these discussions and extend this invitation to anyone who may desire to understand the local and global issues facing today’s complex and dynamic world of higher education.

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