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Tertiary Education Today: Global Trends, Global Agendas, Global Constraints

Theme: Theological Education and Global Christianity: Tertiary Education Today: Global Trends, Global Agendas, Global Constraints
Purpose: International Consultation for Theological Educators
Dates:  August 19, 2003
Location: High Wycombe, UK

Wadi D. Haddad
President, Knowledge Enterprise, Inc. (USA) Whaddad@KnowledgeEnterprise.org

Countries are facing daunting challenges in the global environment that have significant implications for human development, some universal and some unique to developing countries. These challenges have raised serious questions about the purpose, mode, and operation of tertiary education, and are leading to earnest political, structural, institutional and instructional dialogue, readjustment and transformation. Tertiary education today, like many other economic and societal sectors, is in a state of disequilibrium, flux and dynamic evolution – amplified by its multifaceted nature, the diversity of its providers and clients, and the multiplicity of its stakeholders. The tertiary education institutions find themselves, to varying degrees, at the point of convergence of three very powerful factors: global trends, global agendas, and global constraints:

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