REIMAGINE EDUCATION The global awards for innovative higher education pedagogies enhancing learning and employability

US$ 50,000 prize fund for the winning entries

The Motivation

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.

Reimagine Education

The inaugural conference of the QS and SEI Center awards for innovation pedagogy in higher education

8 - 10th
December 2014

The Wharton Campus, Philadelphia

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Reimagine Education Awards featured in the Knowledge @ Wharton publication

The field of higher education is undergoing a revolution. New technologies and new approaches to learning are altering the way educational programs are delivered and are changing the way we learn. But there’s no silver bullet. No single innovative teaching method has become widely promoted or adopted; the traditional lecture hall is still the norm.

In an effort to learn about new, innovative pedagogical approaches, the Wharton SEI Center for Advanced Studies in Management and Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), a global provider of specialist higher education and career information and solutions, have partnered together to launch the “Reimagine Education” Awards. We are seeking submissions from educators around the world who are willing to describe how they are exploring new ways of teaching, learning and delivering educational content. The most innovative approaches will be considered for awards and monetary prizes.

To read the full article on the Knowledge@Wharton website click here

Why We Need to Reimagine Education
Professor Jerry Yoram Wind, The Wharton School

The Awards


Overall Winner

The world's most innovative pedagogy to enhance student learning and/or employability

Sponsored by:

e-learning Innovation
The most innovative online
pedagogy to enhance student learning

Applications are now closed

Blended Learning Innovation
The most innovative blended pedagogy to enhance student learning

Applications are now closed

Presence Learning Innovation
The most innovative classroom-based pedagogy to enhance student learning

Applications are now closed

Best Teaching Delivery
The best approach resulting in outstanding student satisfaction and/or enhanced learning outcomes

Applications are now closed

The Award is for businesses whose technology can be shown to deliver substantially improved higher education, in terms of teaching and learning or of improved employability

Applications are now closed

Lifetime achievement
A Lifetime Achievement Award will be bestowed to an outstanding, long-term practitioner of high-technology learning, who will present to a plenary session

Applications are now closed

Nurturing Employability
The most innovative programs for nurturing the employability of students in the following categories
Nurturing Employability in MBA & Executive Education Award
Nurturing Employability in Arts & Humanities Award
Nurturing Employability in Engineering & Technology Award
Nurturing Employability in Life Sciences Award
Nurturing Employability in Natural Sciences Award

Applications are now closed

Regional Awards
The best submissions/contributions from each of the following regions
Australia & New Zealand
Central Europe
Latin America
Middle East and Africa
North America

The Prizes

The sponsors of the Wharton - QS Stars Reimagine Education Awards will offer a US$ 50,000 prize fund for the winning entries. Other prizes will be announced during the course of 2014.

The Overall Winner will be the best university department or enterprise to enter, irrespective of subject, region or approach.

In each category there will be nominated entries to be announced one month prior to the awards and each nominated entry will receive a write-up in the Awards booklet and a badge for use in their own promotion and marketing.

All category winners will receive:

  • A full article write-up on Knowledge@Wharton, reaching two million members
  • A full article write-up, reaching 20 million visitors
  • A press release mention in the global campaign announcing the Awards
  • A press release mention in the global campaign announcing the QS World University Rankings and Subject Rankings in 2015 which typically receive coverage in well over 4,000 leading media world-wide within 24 hours of their release.
  • An Awards badge to be used in their own communication
  • An invitation to attend the Awards Ceremony at The Wharton School – University of Pennsylvania on 9th December 2014

Submission Guidelines

Examples of pedagogical touchstones include, but are not limited to, the following attributes in each of the four scoring categories. Judges may also award up to 20 bonus points to capture additional innovative qualities of exceptional entries.



Creation of content that achieves one or more of the following examples:
  • Yields highly engaging learning opportunities
  • Encourages mentoring and authentic learner-learner collaboration
  • Adapts to diverse, student-focused learning styles
  • Utilizes new learning techniques to improve student performance
  • Utilizes innovative methods of assessment
  • Utilises cutting edge research, technology or methodology
  • Involves major employers and community partners with clear outcomes
  • Advances entrepreneurial or socially impactful skillsets and cultures
  • Reduces the cost of delivery of quality content



Demonstrated results through one or more of the following examples:
  • Significant student numbers
  • Improved outcomes in student performance
  • Improved completion / graduation rates
  • High employment rates
  • Social impact and community engagement
  • Potential impact to the institution at large
  • Outstanding new inventions, programs and businesses emerging as a direct result of the course
  • Significant advances in educational understanding as a direct result of the course
  • Reduced cost of delivery of quality content



Evidence of one or more of the following examples:
  • Student enthusiasm according to student satisfaction surveys
  • Student learning according to third party feedback, improved grades, testimony of outstanding performance in the workplace
  • Employer enthusiasm and engagement based on testimony or quantifiable results

Scalability / Depth


The ability to:
  • Be replicated, adapted and scaled, extending to new audiences with consistent quality
  • Develop future leaders
  • Contribute to the transformation of learning in its field

The Judging Process

Submissions will be reviewed as follows

  • Initial screening by a group of experts within the relevant discipline
  • Final review by a distinguished, global group of interdisciplinary judges

The Judges

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Professor G. ‘Anand’ Anandalingam

Professor of Management Science
Dean of Imperial College Business School
Imperial College London, UK

Sean Buffington

President and CEO
The University of the Arts, USA

Jaime Casap

Global Education Evangelist
Google, Inc

Professor Geoffrey Crossick

Vice-Chancellor 2010-2012, University of London
Director of the AHRC Cultural Value Project

Professor Amílcar Falcão

Vice-rector for the scientific research, innovation and entrepreneurship
Director of the Institute for Interdisciplinary Research, University of Coimbra, Portugal

Steve Halliwell

General Manager, State, Local, and Education, World Wide Public Sector
Amazon Web Services

Professor Feridun Hamdullahpur

Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering
President, University Of Waterloo, Canada

Santiago Iñiguez de Onzoño

President, IE University, Spain

Sir Paul Judge

Businessman, philanthropist

President Sung-Mo 'Steve' Kang

Electrical Engineering
President, KAIST, South Korea

Professor Nasser Khalili

Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Engineering
Head of Geotechnical Engineering in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of New South Wales, Australia

Professor Jun Young Kim

Professor of Economics
President, Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea

Michael King

Vice President and General Manager
IBM Global Education Industry

Russell E. Palmer

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
The Palmer Group

Professor Philippa Pattison

Deputy Vice-Chancellor
University Of Sydney, Australia

Professor Seeram Ramakrishna

Mechanical Engineering
Former Vice-President (Research Strategy)
National University of Singapore

Prof. Uriel Reichman

President, the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC)
Herzliya, Israel

Hon. Phil Honeywood

National Executive Director
International Education Association of Australia (IEAA)

Professor Martin E.P. Seligman

Director of the Penn Positive Psychology Center
Zellerbach Family Professor of Psychology in the Penn Department of Psychology
University Of Pennsylvania, USA

Professor Christina Slade

Vice-Chancellor, Bath Spa University, UK

Professor Paul W. Thurman

Director, Professional Development Program in HPM
Executive Director, Columbia Alliance for Healthcare Management
Columbia University, USA

Professor Lap-Chee Tsui

Genetics and Genomic Biology
Vice-Chancellor and President, University of Hong Kong

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