Higher Education for the Sustainable Future We Want

Contact North, Oct 09, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This 9 page PDF document places higher education into the wider social context. "It is clear that 'business as usual' and 'more of the same' are not what is intended here. To meet the commitments and the expectations they give rise to, education systems are challenged to think differently and much more inclusively about their future." It identifies five major challenges to be met (quoted):

  • Committing to Equity in Outcomes and in Access
  • Rethinking What We Teach so as to Support Sustainable Development
  • Strengthening and Expanding the Use of Online, Open and Flexible Education
  • Supporting and Extending Learning for Life and Lifelong Learning
  • Strengthening Collaboration and Co-Operation

It's hard to argue with any of those in principle, but the challenges, as they say, are always in the details.

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