Dec 6, 2021

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The current education system and existing infrastructure combined with the growing college-age population and rising demand for tertiary education result in an ever-increasing quantitative gap between educational aspirations in society and the capacity of the current system to meet the demand. Global higher education also faces an enormous qualitative gap between the small, elite, exclusive group of world-class institutions and the tens of thousands of institutions with high vacancy rates among faculty, severe shortages of qualified instructors and inadequate on-going training for those in service, underfunded and inadequate facilities, and high student-instructor ratios. What innovative models can be adopted to make world-class higher education accessible and affordable to all who seek it? How can we reduce the gap in quality of instruction, while keeping pace with the ever-accelerating pace of new knowledge acquisition? How will we find the needed qualified instructors and financial resources?

Remus PRICOPIE, President, World University Consortium; Trustee, WAAS; Vice president, International Association of Universities

Garry JACOBS, President & CEO, World Academy of Art & Science

Kakha SHENGELIA, Chairman, International Association of University Presidents (IAUP); President, Caucasus University; FWAAS

Ralph WOLFF, Founder and President, The Quality Assurance Commons; FWAAS

Pavel LUKSHA, Founder & Director, Global Education Futures Initiative; AFWAAS

Mariana BOZESAN, Co-founder and President, AQAL Capital, Germany; FWAAS

Zbigniew BOCHNIARZ, Professor, Kozminski University, Warsaw, University of Washington and Harvard Business School, USA; Trustee, WAAS

Janani RAMANATHAN, Sr. Research Fellow, Mother’s Service Society, India; Trustee, WAAS