Building the Human Capital For Tomorrow: A Global Responsibility -The 10th Edition of “Reinventing Higher Education” is successfully held in US

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                                                                                                                                                Building the Human Capital For Tomorrow: A Global Responsibility -The 10th Edition of “Reinventing Higher Education” is successfully held in US
                                                                                                                                                intern journalist of whichmba.net

                                                                                                                                                Jennifer Xu

                                                                                                                                                intern journalist of whichmba.net

                                                                                                                                                April 5, 2019 - WhichMBA.net Reports from Providence, Rhode Island, USA

                                                                                                                                                On April 4 -5, 2019, Brown University and IE University welcomed leaders from educational, business, and public institutions around the world to the 10th edition of “Reinventing Higher Education” in Providence, Rhode Island. Founded in 2010, the Conference aims to examine important issues and trends across different sectors and to engage key stakeholders to discuss the future of higher education, and how sectors can work together to build the human capital of tomorrow.

                                                                                                                                                This year, the Conference is honored to have 35 speakers from 20 different countries to answer one key question: How can higher education institutions, governments, and the private sector address the needs of a changing workforce, and how can they create collaborative synergies among all three groups to create more efficient, equitable, and effective models for educational delivery? Amongst the speakers are Jim Yong Kim, former President of the World Bank Group, Christina Paxson, President of Brown University, and Santiago Iñiguez, President of IE University.

                                                                                                                                                During the opening remarks, both President Paxson and President Iñiguez emphasized on the importance of educational institutions working more closely with governments and the private sector and taking advantage of technological advancement to help students develop the most critical skill sets in order to prepare them for a more technology-driven economy. This basis of that would be to make higher education more accessible, more affordable, and more global. 


                                                                                                                                                President Paxson is against a completely free higher education system, especially given that the return on higher education is extremely high. Instead, she urges the public sector and philanthropy to step in, so the universities can have a more diverse group of students.

                                                                                                                                                Christina Paxson, President of Brown University


                                                                                                                                                President Iñiguez, on the other hand, stressed the importance for college students to “learn not how the world is but how the world should be”, and what it takes to transfer tomorrow


                                                                                                                                                Santiago Iñiguez, President of IE University


                                                                                                                                                Drawing both on his personal experience and his time at the World Bank, Mr. Kim shared with the audience some means the World Bank Group has devised in order to build the human capital of tomorrow. As the keynote speaker of this year’s conference, Mr. Kim shared his experiences with different countries around the world striving to create sustainable economic growth as well as a better higher education system, and during his discussion with President Paxson, he stressed the importance of the private sector stepping into the process of building human capital, which will enable the educational institutions to better utilize their limited resources.


                                                                                                                                                Jim Yong Kim, former President of the World Bank Group


                                                                                                                                                Panel discussions on different topics including the future of work and the social impact of universities took place after the keynote speech. A diverse group of leader from different sectors across the world examined some of the most critical issues in society today.


                                                                                                                                                More intensive interview reports will be coming soon.


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