Addressing a conference of leading educators and government officials from around the globe, Douglas L. Becker, founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Laureate Education, Inc., said that the future of higher education turns on the ability of colleges and universities to provide students a path to employment while also preparing them to be leaders in their communities.
The panel addressed the question “Will higher education survive the 21st century?” The panelists concluded that higher education will not merely survive, but will grow because youth will increasingly need more skills and knowledge to be employable in the future. The panelists noted that advances in technology and globalization are likely to expand opportunities for well-educated young people. Mr. Becker emphasized the need for partnerships between public and private institutions and a need for institutions of higher learning to continue to think creatively and differently about meeting the needs of all types of students.
The panel was chaired by Dr. Molly Corbett Broad, president of the American Council on Education. Also on the panel were Sir Howard Newby, vice chancellor of the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom; Donna E. Shalala, president of the University of Miami in Florida and former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services; and Dr. Pankaj Chandra, professor of operations and technology at the Indian Institute of Management in India.