Technical education to meet global challenges

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Technical education to meet global challenges

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Technical education to meet global challenges

There was broad agreement at the conference that research could pay greater attention to pressing global issues.

We must be careful about moving towards over-emphasis on instrumental research - there must always be fundamental research. So the issue of fairness in access to higher education remains. Growth in student numbers was one of the most striking aspects of higher education globally today, along with increasing diversity both in types of students and types of institutions, said Yelland.

People are moving away from a focus on national needs and have become much more aware of the impact of global issues. The conference platform was opened to speakers from outside the OECD, and Africa and Latin America were also the subjects of much debate.

This is a relatively new element to higher education. But in some countries, such as Greece, it has been highly contentious. Still, it is growing rather than the opposite. The OECD produced a discussion document that assessed the current situation, written by Yelland and Mary-Louise Kearney, a higher education consultant.

But people barely mentioned the term - the talk was either of higher education or universities. University ranking accentuates that. There is a high degree of aspiration to climb up the rankings. To do that, what you need to show is improvement in the quality and volume of research.

This is not surprising but it needs to be restated. What is new, what the Shanghai and other rankings have done, has brought universities to the front pages of newspapers, which gets political attention.

The impact has been cumulative over the past five years and it is strong and probably detrimental. It leads to greater under-valuation of teaching. A fourth conclusion was the existence of widespread support for better understanding of, and recognition for, teaching in higher education.

Teaching and learning would only be valued, Yelland pointed out, if it was better rewarded and understood. Two OECD projects, AHELO and a study into the role of higher education in cities and regions, are attempting to shed light on things other than research that universities do.

The OECD did not want participants to spend time complaining about the current problems and the conference did not focus on immediate difficulties flowing from the financial crisis.

Its horizon was broader than survival beyond the next few years and was deliberately wide. Discussions ranged from fundamental research, interdisciplinarity and the role of higher education in culture and innovation, to policies, changing business models, the role of the non-profit sector, technological advances and growing international competition.

Yelland raised questions at the start of the conference. One comment in response was that the questions were not new and, he said, this was a fair comment. We also got a wide-ranging and responsible realisation that there are some serious challenges ahead and that more change may be necessary.

In his speech Charles B Reed, Chancellor of California State University, provided an exemplar for how many universities are trying to do that.A full program of detailed technical discussions underpinning the high-level plenary defense challenges in order to develop global solutions.

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Meeting the global challenges in technical and vocational education: the Malaysian experience. South Australia, in March , Dr. Ahamad bin Sipon draws on the challenges facing technical and vocational education (TVET), especially in developing countries, and the recommendations of the Second International Congress on Technical and.

"Some of the fundamental challenges facing society and higher education are the need for research into intractable global issues on the one side, and access and equity on the other," said Yelland.

There was broad agreement at the conference that research could pay greater attention to pressing global issues. Global education has been a focus in American higher education for several years. Recently, we have seen an increase in conferences, speeches, and papers encouraging us to think globally and prepare our students for a world where success may be dictated by one's ability to navigate varying cultures, languages, and practices.

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