Despite years of discussion about the need to reform higher education most programs, whether academic or private enterprise, still rely on traditional pedagogical approaches that center on "teaching" (not learning) and often remain isolated from the demands of employers.
The time is now right to identify innovative learning solutions emerging around the world, whether globally relevant, or adapted to local needs. The rising cost of traditional education is one incentive for change. So are the enormous advances in technology that allow the expansion of MOOCS, the customization of education to individual learning styles, group learning, online interactivity, gaming and real-time employer projects. These all point to the need for new approaches to teaching and learning.
Employers are demanding work-ready graduates, with soft as well as up-to-date hard skills and there is an ever increasing need for lifelong learning. With knowledge at the heart of modern economic competitiveness and individual career success, steps must be taken to ensure that higher education equally benefits the intellect, cultural literacy and career-readiness of its students.