2014 Top Higher Education Trends

By | February 24, 2014

With the year drawing a close, there is propensity to glance back and reflect on the past year’s achievements. However, is it possible to predict the future from past happenings? There is no way to tell exactly what the future holds but here are five crucial areas I believe will impact international higher education greatly in 2014.

          1.      Internationalism and Corporate social responsibility.

CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) is becoming a usual practice for non-profit organizations and private businesses. Taking care of the environment as well as socially impacting business conduct are the customers’ expectations from organizations. Same as internationalization, CSR is said to be a continuing process with the aim of making companies embrace control for all their operations aside from profit making. Also, through companies’, it targets to encourage positive impact on the environment and stakeholders. Although it became popular in the 60s, corporations really begun to embrace CSR and its principles only a decade ago.

CSR is being grasped by a growing number of higher education institutions as a strategy part and developments being connected and intertwined with the institutions’ internationalisation. Aside from institutions educating students in an international and intercultural environment, they are also taught on how to act socially responsibly after graduation.

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         2.      Technology Impact.

2013 marked the MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) rise and grown intrigue in Open Education Resources for institutions of higher education. Some argue that MOOCs’ nothing new, no new methodology or technology required since most Open Universities have been conveying online education since decades ago. However, I think that this hype about MOOCs will be a motivator for institutions, inspiring them to concentrate on ways to establish technology into constant classroom delivery. Institutions will require commencing exploration on additional modes of embedded education.

         3.      Ranking Exhaustion.

There is no doubt that a great number of researchers have uncertainty with the publication race as well as growing involvement and journals interests for-profit. Randy Schekman, a Noble Prize winner in Physiology stated that the scientific process was being distorted by leading academic journals hence no more participation from his lab.

It seems that education and research in general should be ranked including all the surrounding aspects.

         4.      Africa’s Rise.

BRICS which includes South Africa and MINT-Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria and Turkey, all kinds of data and technology show that Africa is rising in several facets and aspects. In the past, all institutions for higher education in the West would go to Asia, China and Latin America. There is increased cooperation with the African countries such as Ethiopia, Nigeria, Botswana, Kenya and Mozambique. There is increased demand for higher education in Africa and it offers natural resources and human wealth.

       5.      Knowledge Complexity.

In 2013, we witnesses NSA (National Security Agency) scandals where new technology use and messages transfer is scanned with the individual new technology. Most apps people can download on mobile devices are games and redundant information. Majority people worldwide complain about unavailability of genuine data on mobility. Seemingly, technology isn’t yet sufficiently developed to convey the needs for effective and efficient business running. This is a development reflection for 2014.


Even though it is impossible to predict future happenings, the above are things that are most likely going to impact international higher education greatly in 2014.

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