Key quotes from day 2 sessions
“In the UK, we have had universities for 1,000 years, and that comes with advantages and disadvantages. The advantages are we have very high quality education, and we have centuries of capability that have built up. But equally we can be stuck in our cultures. One advantage we might see here in the ASEAN region is newer universities that will be able to be more innovative and adaptable.” Professor Shearer West, Vice-Chancellor, University of Nottingham. Redesigning HE for 4.0 Industrial Revolution – the ASEAN experience.
“We believe that in order for higher education 4.0 to be successful the whole ecosystem will have to work together in in order to ensure that positive changes can truly happen.” Dato’ Kamel Bin Mohamed, Deputy Secretary General, Chief Information Officer, Ministry of Higher Education, Malaysia. Redesigning HE for 4.0 Industrial Revolution – the ASEAN experience.
“I think the idea that teachers will need to be just good facilitators is all wrong. Google, the internet, cannot do what teachers do. They cannot motivate students. They do not know what is important. They cannot assess well because that requires judgement. These are not things teachers should worry about – the rushing in of Industry 4.0. Robots are not humans, and education is not just for living, it’s also for life. There is a notion that a life that is worth living cannot be taught by machines.” His Excellency Dr Teerakiat Jareonsettasin, Minister of Education, Ministry of Education, Thailand. Redesigning HE for 4.0 Industrial Revolution – the ASEAN experience.
“Universities receive their funding from a very wide range of sources. However, to use the English idiom, “he who pays the piper calls the tune”, and so if one funder is dominant because they are the major funder or the most prestigious funder then university focus and direction-setting can be compromised.” Professor Sir Paul Curran, President, City – University of London, UK. Unbundling university activity, and the role of the Big Funders.
“If ASEAN countries collaborate and each can establish its own specialisation, you can build economic advantages as a region. It allows for greater economic integration across these countries, and serves as a touchpoint. In partnering with one country, you're able to indirectly partner with another country as well.” Marianne Joy Vital, Commission on Higher Education, Philippines. Hot issues in higher education: sustainable and equitable partnership opportunities in ASEAN.
“There is this idea that technologies such as AR will be a panacea for all the ills of higher education. It’s simply a tool that will come into use. But if done properly, it could lead to a certain amount of democratisation, and make education more accessible to people who wouldn’t normally be able to have face-time with a Harvard professor. And it could be great for places that don’t have the infrastructure to build huge campuses.” Peter Truckel, Bournemouth University. Avatars and Augmented Reality: Student Experience of the Future?
“You can’t dismiss critical thinking from any learning process. Partnerships will be developed with these great distribution outlets such as Amazon and Netflix, but they’ll need to team up with academics to deliver structured modules. It’s up to us to make sure that this is all done ‘for good’. With great power comes great responsibility.” Peter Truckel, Bournemouth University. Avatars and Augmented Reality: Student Experience of the Future?
“One of the key elements that plays into developing a global citizen is to somehow get students to become uncomfortable with their environment, and to get out of their comfort zone. One of the biggest obstacles is that universities often provide a very comfortable environment for students, so they don't see the need to go somewhere and interact with cultures and people of different backgrounds. We need to get students to realise that personal growth is directly related to being occasionally uncomfortable with the environment in which they find themselves. This process can very much start on the home campus.” Professor Peter Mascher, McMaster University, Canada. Global Citizens: The Impossible Dream.
“We are looking at learner-driven learning, and learners as agents of their own learning. We put learners as partners. We want to see seamless learning, not bounded by weeks and semesters. We want to see students building their own personalised learning pathways and courses.” Professor Dr Nor Aziah Alias, Universiti Teknologi Mara. Building the DNA for learning and teaching 4.0: the Malaysian vision.
“The problems facing the world today are simultaneously intensely local and intensely global and universities cannot solve them but they can’t sit on the sidelines either because they are social institutions, they are the engines of knowledge production, they work with the new generation of intellectuals and they can’t simply be global institutions, they have to be strongly rooted in their context but at the same time operating in a global context.” Professor Ahmed Bawa, Chief Executive Officer of Universities South Africa. Global institutions - servants of too many masters?
“I have no doubt that by 2050 if any academic, if any student gets an offer from a leading Asian institution it won’t be a value proposition any more, it will be a genuine quality proposition and they will consider it. Beyond that, looking to 2050 if countries in the region adopt excellence through openness or disruption there is a real possibility that Asia will realise global leading excellence in higher education much sooner than most of us would predict.” Matt Durnin, Head of Research and Consultancy for the British Council’s International Education Service. What if? Imagining the ‘Asian Century’
"Sharing our ideas for the development of inclusive Physical Education teacher training programmes globally, was the first step in expanding our network of like-minded HE practitioners who really want to make a difference in terms of inclusion, not only for our students, but the wider community." Lerverne Barber, Deputy Head Institute of Sport and Exercise Science, University of Worcester, UK. Promoting inclusion, creating opportunity: collaborating for success.