Rethinking Relevance: Human Development and the Contemporary University

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Rethinking Relevance: Human Development and the Contemporary University. Presented by Anne-Claire Hervey (US Higher Education Initiative) at the GL-CRSP "End of Program Conference" on June 18, 2009, Naivasha, Kenya

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Rethinking Relevance: Human Development and the Contemporary University

  1. 1. Rethinking Relevance: Human Development and <br />Higher Education<br />Anne-Claire Hervy<br />GLCRSP End of Program Conference<br />June 18, 2009 - Naivasha, Kenya<br />
  2. 2. Overview<br />Importance of higher education<br />Recent historical trends in higher education<br />What does relevance mean?<br />Current challenges and opportunities for change<br />
  3. 3. Why Higher Education Matters<br />Source: www.worldmapper.org<br />
  4. 4. Primary Education Spending<br />Source: www.worldmapper.org<br />
  5. 5. Secondary Education Spending<br />Source: www.worldmapper.org<br />
  6. 6. Tertiary Education Spending<br />Source: www.worldmapper.org<br />
  7. 7. Science Research<br />Source: www.worldmapper.org<br />
  8. 8. New Patents<br />Source: www.worldmapper.org<br />
  9. 9. Population living on less than $1 per day<br />Source: www.worldmapper.org<br />
  10. 10. HIV Prevalence<br />Source: www.worldmapper.org<br />
  11. 11. Malaria cases <br />Source: www.worldmapper.org<br />
  12. 12. Why is the question of relevance important?<br />The Knowledge Revolution<br />Tremendous external pressures on higher education<br />“Universities and the people within them have been relatively quiet about their role and purpose in contemporary societies.”<br /> - Sally Baker, Brian J. Brown<br />Rethinking Universities: The Social Functions of Higher Education<br />
  13. 13. Differing Models of Higher Education<br />The Critical University<br />Freedom of inquiry<br />Deep thinking about fundamental questions<br />“What for?” is not the most important question<br />Goal is understanding<br />Employment-Oriented Higher Education<br />
  14. 14. Historical Trends in the Global North<br /><ul><li>Influencing Factors
  15. 15. Increasingly market-oriented societies.
  16. 16. Democratization of education, the creation of polytechnics and community colleges, and the development of the U.S. land-grant institutions.
  17. 17. Measurement of teaching and knowledge</li></li></ul><li>Gross Enrollment Ratios in Higher Education<br />
  18. 18. Historical Trends in the Global North<br /><ul><li>Influencing Factors
  19. 19. Increasingly market-oriented societies.
  20. 20. Democratization of education, the creation of polytechnics and community colleges, and the development of the U.S. land-grant institutions.
  21. 21. Measurement of teaching and knowledge</li></li></ul><li>Historical Trends in the Global South<br /><ul><li>Influencing Factors
  22. 22. Colonization/Decolonization
  23. 23. Limited Resources
  24. 24. “Massification” of education
  25. 25. Pressure from international donors</li></li></ul><li>Tertiary Education Spending<br />Source: www.worldmapper.org<br />
  26. 26. Historical Trends in the Global South<br /><ul><li>Influencing Factors
  27. 27. Colonization/Decolonization
  28. 28. Limited Resources
  29. 29. “Massification” of education
  30. 30. Pressure from international donors</li></li></ul><li>Gross Enrollment Ratios in Higher Education<br />
  31. 31. Historical Trends in the Global South<br /><ul><li>Influencing Factors
  32. 32. Colonization/Decolonization
  33. 33. Limited Resources
  34. 34. “Massification” of education
  35. 35. Pressure from international donors</li></li></ul><li>What is Relevance?<br />Relevance has come to mean relevant to the “global economy.”<br />A global economy that now faces<br />A global food crisis<br />Financial meltdown<br />Climate change and other serious environmental challenges<br />
  36. 36. Thank you.<br />Contact information:<br />Anne-Claire Hervy<br />achervy@ais.msu.edu<br />

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