Launch of The Higher Education Task Force Report
Wednesday, March 1, 2000 Omni Shoreham Hotel, Regency
Ballroom, Washington, D.C.
Adriaan Verspoor, Education Lead Specialist in the
I read the report quickly I must admit. There is one
area of disappointment that I had. I was hoping the team could elaborate
on this: and that's the discrepancy between the images that Jamil
presented us in the beginning of very rapidly changing system of
higher education. The traditional model of buildings and restaurants
and dormitories, everything we know of as higher education is very
rapidly changing. And reading this report I don't get the sense
I don't get the sense that this report is guiding
us towards that future. I don't get the sense of a message to African
universities, to African higher education policy-makers which says:
colleagues, the world is changing, colleagues, there are possibilities
to provide education in many different ways. This can also be stressed,
which can help you deal with a number of problems of access to knowledge,
of expanding coverage of system and so on.
And I'm wondering, is this a deliberate position that
Professor Rosovsky is conveying to us that higher education must
be based on interaction between people, and if it's not there (I
don't go that far earlier) it is no longer higher education? Or
is this something else?