Doug Becker, founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Laureate Education, Inc. attended The Economist’s Higher Education Forum 2014: Reconnecting Education to the Workforce in New York City today, September 30, 2014, and was invited to participate in a panel focused on the future of global higher education.
The forum was organized by The Economist magazine and was attended by academic, government and business leaders, including Richard C. Levin, CEO of Coursera; John Sexton, president of New York University; Eric Spiegel, president and CEO of Siemens USA; Jamie Merisotis, president and CEO of the Lumina Foundation; and Ted Mitchell, United States under secretary of education; among many others. The forum included a number of panels that focused on the major challenges facing college and university leaders, including expanding access, making higher education more efficient, enhancing connections between higher education and employers and the role that private groups can play in this important area.
Mr. Becker’s panel was titled “Scaling Education: Can lower overhead produce higher returns?” and focused on looking at the impact that digitizing and globalization education is having on student outcomes. The panel also included Anne McElvoy, public policy and education editor at The Economist, and Ben Nelson, chief executive of Minerva Project.