Moreover, both institutions and governments alike have set ambitious goals to increase the number of international students. The scale of interest, needs, and opportunity will proportionally increase. Global alumni relations programs can help meet the rising demand experienced today and forecasted for tomorrow.
Yes, programs can facilitate solutions that are based on strong relationships with alumni but do all universities have the capacity to partner with alumni on the employability agenda? Is there interest across campus for affordable and accessible training?
Specifically, the Course’s module 11 responds to the definition of “employability” with examples of how international and domestic alumni play a key role in preparing the next generation of global leaders.
What will education look like in 5-15 years? There is “legacy thinking” and “future thinking.” Legacy thinking is the old way of doing business: bricks and mortar, higher education institutions training graduates for jobs. Future thinking is about ‘intersectional innovation’ and more distance education models. Future thinking brings academe and industry together to figure out the best models for training graduates to fulfill the job needs in the future.
Alumni are the future of organizations; our past is our future.
How do alumni see the future of education and training? I believe alumni can help institutions (and, governments) understand the needs of industry and be part of the ‘intersectional innovation’ that will be required for higher education institutions to survive. Intersectional innovation will only be achieved when institutional units break through their own silos and work together.