SANTIAGO INIGUEZ, president, IE University, talks to Karan Gupta, study abroad consultant, about the challenges facing higher education worldwide
What are the key challenges facing higher education today?
It depends on the region you analyse because we see that the focus has now moved from the Western hemisphere to Asia and so the problems in Europe and in the US are different from those that universities face in Asia or Latin America. For example, if you look at Europe and US, you'll find that we are attending to problems of governance at most universities, financing models and how to bring innovation into the reality and maximise the learning process of users and technology in the learning process. On the other hand, if you look at Asia or Latin America (which has a lot of similarities vis-a-vis higher education ), I guess that the challenges are how to build up prestigious accredited institutions with global status, how to develop their own research and contribution to knowledge from their distinctive perspective and how to build up sustainable models of universities that can transform the world of higher education. So both worlds are complementary and up until now Western universities have been to some extent an inspiration for Asian universities. In future, it may be reverse where Asian universities will become references for many Western universities.
Any steps that you have taken to help overcome the challenges?One of the steps I have taken is to organise the Reinventing Higher Education conference...