A Tectonic Shift in Global Higher Education

August 14, 2006

those in the United States, while Americans worry that their academic leadership is threatened by complacency. Both groups, however, are missing the tectonic shift that will transform the map of higher education worldwide—the growth of universities in the developing world. Spreading connectivity, allied with the massive creation of educational resources based on open-source technology, may soon allow the radical reduction in costs necessary for higher education to serve the four billion people at the bottom of the world’s economic pyramid.

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