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May 5, 2020

Universities Must Step Up to Survive After COVID-19 — Global Experts.


The Economist

DOHA (QATAR), WASHINGTON, ATLANTA, and LONDON, May 4, 2020 — Students will have the power to bankrupt universities that do not meet their expectations in a post-COVID-19 world, a US educator has warned. He was speaking at the launch of a major new research report into the future of higher education, commissioned by the Qatar Foundation (QF).

The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) has produced that report. It is entitled “New schools of thought: Innovative models for delivering higher education.” The report outlines how higher education institutions must adapt to survive as they face dwindling public funding, questions over their value, and the challenges that technology and automation pose.

At the launch of the report today, an EIU panel discussion sponsored by QF saw education experts from three continents explore its findings and share their views on the future of higher education.

Ben Nelson, Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Minerva Schools at Keck Graduate Institute, said: “Students have an extraordinary responsibility this year because, for the first time in living memory, they can bring institutions down to bankruptcy.

“They can vote with their feet in a way they have never been able to do before — opting to slip out of college for a year can shut down an institution. For the first time, the student’s role is that of the determinant partner — determining what universities should be doing and which ones should have the right to serve them going forward.”

“When societies and students interact with institutions and not get what they are paying for, there is going to be a reckoning.”

Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell, President of Spelman College, told the discussion that academic partnerships are “critical in days like this,” adding, “Institutions have to stop being so precious and siloed and sequestered.”

“Everyone benefits from collaboration, but it takes a very different mindset to what we have now. If we fall back into marketing and competition mode, we are not going to get anywhere.”

Francisco Marmolejo, QF’s Education Advisor, said higher education institutions must “challenge their assumptions” that as soon as conditions return to normal, we may try to become the same as we were before. “This crisis is telling us we no longer have the luxury of assuming things will be as they used to be.”

Qatar Foundation for Education, Science, and Community Development (QF) is a non-profit organization. While the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) is the research and analysis division of the Economist Group. It provides forecasting and advisory services.

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