Alternative Higher Education & the Future of Universities

For students entering or continuing in higher education, affordability and ROI was already top of mind. As many institutions roll out fully online or hybrid offerings for the autumn term and beyond, some learners are balking at the idea of…

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For students entering or continuing in higher education, affordability and ROI was already top of mind. As many institutions roll out fully online or hybrid offerings for the autumn term and beyond, some learners are balking at the idea of paying full residential price for a changed, unproven experience, and many are seriously considering alternative education options for the first time. This session features HE players who have upended one or more parts of the traditional model, talking about the surge in interest they are experiencing, and their perspectives on whether they are about to become mainstream, and if their institutions could provide the lifelines that some struggling colleges and universities need.

Moderated by Peter Wells, Chief, Higher Education, UNESCO (France), this moderated panel discussion will feature:
– BI Xiaohan, Chief, West Asia & Africa Programme Office, International Centre for Higher Education Innovation, UNESCO (China)
– Justin Cooke, Chief Content and Partnerships Officer, FutureLearn (UK)
– Alexie Harper, Chief Academic Officer & Co-founder, Quantic School of Business & Technology (USA)
– Ben Nelson, Chairman & CEO, Minerva Project (USA)

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