Country for PR: United States
Contributor: PR Newswire New York
Tuesday, May 05 2020 - 06:34
Universities Must Step Up to Survive After COVID-19, Global Experts Urge in Economist Intelligence Unit Panel Sponsored by Qatar Foundation
DOHA, Qatar and WASHINGTON and ATLANTA and LONDON, May 5, 2020 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

Students will have the power to bankrupt universities that do not meet their 
expectations in a post-COVID-19 world, a US educator has warned at the launch 
of a major new research report into the future of higher education, 
commissioned by the Qatar Foundation (QF).

Logo - 

'New schools of thought: Innovative models for delivering higher education', 
produced by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), has outlined how higher 
education institutions must adapt to survive as they face dwindling public 
funding, questions over their value, and the challenges that technology and 
automation pose.

As the report was launched today, a EIU panel discussion sponsored by QF saw 
education experts from three continents explore its findings and share their 
views on the future of higher education, with Ben Nelson, Founder, Chairman and 
CEO of Minerva Schools at Keck Graduate Institute, saying: "Students have an 
extraordinary responsibility this year because, for the first time in living 
memory, they have the ability to bring institutions down to bankruptcy.

"They can vote with their feet in a way they have never been able to do before 
– opting to slip out of college for a year can literally shut down an 
institution. For the first time, the student's role is that of the determinant 
partner – determining what universities should be doing and which ones should 
have the right to serve them going forward.

"When societies and students are interfacing with institutions and not getting 
what they are paying for, there is going to be a reckoning."

Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell, President of Spelman College, told the discussion 
that academic partnerships are "extremely important in days like this", adding: 
"Institutions have to stop being so precious and siloed and sequestered."

"Everyone benefits from collaboration, but it takes a very different mindset to 
what we have now. If we fall back into marketing and competition mode, we are 
not going to get anywhere."

And Francisco Marmolejo, QF's Education Advisor, said higher education 
institutions must "challenge their assumptions", saying: "Unless we do that, 
disrupt, and are willing to take risks, as soon as conditions return to some 
sort of normal, we may try to become the same as we were before. This crisis is 
telling us we no longer have the luxury of assuming things will be as they used 
to be."

'New schools of thought: Innovative models for delivering higher education' can 
be downloaded here ( 

A recording of the discussion is available here ( 

Qatar Foundation – Unlocking Human Potential

Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF) is a 
non-profit organization that supports Qatar on its journey to becoming a 
diversified and sustainable economy. QF strives to serve the people of Qatar 
and beyond by providing specialized programs across its innovation-focused 
ecosystem of education, research and development, and community development. 

QF was founded in 1995 by His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the 
Father Amir, and Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, who shared the vision 
to provide Qatar with quality education. Today, QF's world-class education 
system offers lifelong learning opportunities to community members as young as 
six months through to doctoral level, enabling graduates to thrive in a global 
environment and contribute to the nation's development.

QF is also creating a multidisciplinary innovation hub in Qatar, where 
homegrown researchers are working to address local and global challenges. By 
promoting a culture of lifelong learning and fostering social engagement 
through programs that embody Qatari culture, QF is committed to empowering the 
local community and contributing to a better world for all.

For a complete list of QF's initiatives and projects, please visit:  

For any media inquiries, please contact:

This material is distributed by RF|Binder Partners Inc. on behalf of the Qatar 
Foundation. Additional information is available at the Department of Justice, 
Washington, DC.

SOURCE Qatar Foundation