A Limitless Future for Higher Education

A limitless future for higher education

Anthony Salcito, Vice President, Worldwide Education, Microsoft says, “We need to first inspire students to embrace a limitless future and to see their learning as purposeful to what they can make and do. For digital transformation to be effective, an institution must carefully analyze, design, develop, implement, and evaluate their plan for change.”

What Does that Mean for Higher Education?

According to a new Ipsos survey for the World Economic Forum, by 2025, higher education will have become a hybrid of in-person and online learning.

Ipsos surveyed adults in 29 countries on how they see higher education being delivered in five years’ time. The majority of the global respondents think that the split between online and in-person learning that’s come about during the COVID-19 pandemic is here to stay.

Overall, just over half of the adults surveyed believe in-person learning is worth its cost.

In a South African context, there is a belief and sense of expectation that Higher Education will be conducted very differently from the way in which it takes place today. The days of driving or walking to a campus and sitting through lectures in large, musty lecture halls are almost over.

Despite the expectations, 50% of South Africans are still undecided about in what way the education arena will change. 34% of respondents stated it will almost definitely be more online and only 16% believe it will stay the same.

No matter where you sit in this group, there has been a major mind shift in the way in which people expect education to be delivered.

The pandemic that has been with us for just over 2 years now, has shifted people’s ideas about how to do life better. It has fast-tracked out-of-the-box thinking and created new solutions to problems that we did not even know existed.

How do we as stay relevant and competitive in an ever-changing world and on a global market that has embraced tumultuous change?

Microsoft’s Solution is to Create a Framework that Centers around 4 Pillars:

  • 1 – Student Success: measured through assessment of Institutional performance and student outcomes
  • 2 – Teaching and Learning: focused on future-ready skills to help students strive in jobs not yet created
  • 3 – Secure and Connected Campus: supports fluid, collaborative learning environments
  • 4 – Academic Research: dedicated to allowing researchers to achieve their best

“The growing role of education as the engine of economic change makes the work happening to transform our schools and classrooms fundamental to global progress. For me, it starts with a mindset. We need to first inspire students to embrace a limitless future and to see their learning as purposeful to what they can make and do,” says Salcito.

Contact us at Mint UK to explore the different options we have available within each of Microsoft’s  HED Education Transformation Framework pillars to help you reach your digital transformation journey.

See the Education Transformation Framework with Microsoft Education Journey

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