Knowledge diplomacy and the digital world: does international tertiary education have a role?
As the digital world transforms our society, it brings both immense opportunities and significant risks. New technologies and platforms are revolutionising the way that knowledge is produced, accessed and used globally. Solutions to many of the world’s greatest challenges are increasingly within reach. The speed and scale of change is also disrupting labour markets and business models, radically changing the nature of jobs and the skills required. While technologies are creating huge opportunities and wealth for some, many more remain excluded, deepening inequality and polarising societies.
Historically, international tertiary education has fulfilled a unique position as a global knowledge producer, developer of high level skills and powerful anchor in local and global society. In a radically different future world, however, how relevant will it be and what contribution can it make?