Video viewpoints on Higher Education at a Time of Crisis

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    Higher Education at a Time of Crisis: Challenges and Opportunities



    An OECD IMHE (Programme on Institutional Management in Higher Education) Conference held on 28-30 June 2009 at the Copenhagen Business School, Denmark:

    This  timely conference held as the world is facing a serious and global economic crisis, debated questions of supply and demand, costs and income in higher education and will analyse the role and responsibility of higher education institutions and how to transform these challenges into opportunities.



    Selected video viewpoints from conference speakers




    Richard Yelland, Head of the OECD Programme on Institutional Management in Higher Education (IMHE), introduces the conference.





    Jamil Salmi, Tertiary Education Coordinator, World Bank, reflects on how countries are affected differently by the crisis.









    Steve Egan, Deputy Chief Executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England was encouraged to note that at this conference Higher Education is not seen as just a financial issue, but that it is here to make a difference.






    Fiona Buffinton, Group Manager of the Higher Education Group in the Australian Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR), says Australia not hit as hard as other countries.

    Koen Debackere, Professor of Managerial Economics, Strategy and Innovation at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, the current current crisis will force unversities to be more cautious with respect to their financial management.

    John Hudzik, Vice President for Global Engagement and Strategic Projects at Michigan State University and Professor of Criminal Justice, US, says the challenge is not to make short-term solutions  for what is a long-term problem.





    Tom Boland, Chief Executive Officer, Higher Education Authority (HEA), Ireland, his key point is that business cannot continue as usual in Higher Education.


    Jan-Erik Krusberg, Senior Adviser/ Senior Lecturer at Arcada University of Applied Science, Finland says that the crisis in Finland has not yet been felt in Higher Education.




    Bert Vandenkendelaere, Member of the Executive Committee of the European Students’ Union defends a student-friendly approach to policy making in Higher Education.

    Jesper Risom, Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, Denmark laments that there are no answers yet to solve problems due to the crisis.

    Magda Fourie, Stellenbosch University, South Africa reflects on the new government in South Africa and how it is increasing bursaries for loans.



    Anders Sørensen, Professor at Department of Economics at CBS, Denmark, highlights a study which gives evidence that new graduates as entrepreneurs do not make for economic success.