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Inaugural Globalization of Higher Education Conference to Address Critical Issues of Affordability and Accessibility

Former Governors Jeb Bush and Jim Hunt will co-host the Globalization of Higher Education Conference to call attention to two of the primary challenges facing higher education in the U.S. and around the world: affordability and accessibility. Governor Bush and Governor Hunt will welcome globally recognized academic, economic, and political leaders to the March 24-25 event. “The changes that are taking place in higher education today are unprecedented in both their reach and rapidity, thanks in great part to the power of technology. At the same time, people across America remain rightly concerned about the critical issues of affordability and accessibility in higher education,” said Governor Bush. “I believe one of the solutions to making college more affordable is to find new ways to attract students from around the world to our great universities. The Globalization of Higher Education Conference has been convened to bring together internationally recognized thought leaders to discuss these critical issues.” View Governor Bush’s video about the conference here. Governor Hunt noted, “This first-of-its-kind event provides us with an opportunity to collectively consider the emerging circumstances that will soon change how post-secondary institutions view the world. We will also consider the ways we can dramatically expand access to higher education—and the opportunities that result from it—for the benefit of both the institutions themselves and citizens everywhere.”

Inaugural Globalization of Higher Education Conference to Assemble Governors, World Economic Leaders, Noted Academics

Former Governors Jeb Bush and Jim Hunt will host the first-of-its-kind conference on the Globalization of Higher Education on March 24 and 25, 2014 in Dallas.

The event, presented by Academic Partnerships and Queens’ College, University of Cambridge, will bring hundreds of university leaders from around the world together with thought leaders from academia, government, and international organizations. Speakers at the two-day conference include the world’s foremost experts on globalization and higher education (speakers list follows).

Hillary Rodham Clinton, Former Secretary of State and Former U.S. Senator from New York, will deliver the keynote address on March 24.

“Expanding the reach of American higher education to serve millions of students around the world is an imperative if we hope to improve standards of living, stimulate economic growth, and achieve sustainability for our universities,” said Former Governor Bush.  “We are excited to bring together thought leaders who understand this need and the potential of U.S. universities to secure their future—and flourish in it—by meeting the demand for higher education here at home and far afield.”

Former Governor Jim Hunt said, “This first-of-its-kind event provides us with an opportunity to collectively consider the emerging circumstances that will soon change how post-secondary institutions view the world.  We will also consider the ways we can dramatically expand access to higher education—and the opportunities that result from it—for the benefit of both the institutions themselves and citizens everywhere.” 

About Academic Partnerships

Academic Partnerships (AP) assists universities in converting their traditional degree programs and certificates into an online format, recruits qualified students, and supports enrolled students through graduation. Serving public and private not-for-profit universities in the United States and top international institutions, AP is guided by the principle that the opportunities presented through distance learning make higher education more accessible and achievable for students in the United States and around the world.  The company was founded by social entrepreneur Randy Best, an 18-year veteran of developing innovative learning solutions to improve education.  For more information, please visit www.academicpartnerships.com.

 

Conference Speakers

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Former Secretary of State and Former U.S. Senator from New York

Martin Bean
Vice Chancellor of The Open University

Jeb Bush
Former Governor of Florida

Dr. Clayton Christensen
Harvard Business School professor and eminent expert on disruptive innovation

Sir John Daniel
Former CEO of the Commonwealth of Learning and world-renowned expert in distance learning

Arne Duncan
U.S. Secretary of Education

Lord Eatwell
President of Queens’ College, University of Cambridge

Thomas Friedman
Bestselling author and New York Times columnist

Jim Hunt
Former Governor of North Carolina

Scott Jaschik
Founder and Editor of Inside Higher Ed

Grace Naledi Mandisa Pandor
Minister of Home Affairs of the Republic of South Africa

Alvaro Uribe
Former President of Colombia

Stamenka Uvalic-Trumbic
Consultant to UNESCO and the U.S. Council for Higher Education Accreditation

John Wilton
Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance, University of California at Berkeley

Dr. Fareed Zakaria
CNN Host and TIME magazine editor-at-large

Robert Zoellick
Former President of the World Bank

Academic Partnerships Launches New Online Global Specializations Credential

Academic Partnerships (AP), one of the world’s largest representatives of online learning, today announced that it has launched a new Specializations initiative designed to help partner universities capitalize on the globalization of higher education. AP has been working with prestigious, private universities that are leaders in the digital education space, such as Rice University, as well as top public universities on the development of this credential.

Under development for the past 18 months, Specializations are designed to expand reach and increase revenues for U.S. universities, while filling a void for accessible and affordable higher education globally.

“Globalization is becoming the most important trend in American higher education,” said AP Chairman and CEO Randy Best. “It has become clear to us that while institutions of higher learning in the United States have a growing affordability problem, billions of citizens around the world have an accessibility problem. The globalization of U.S. universities powered by technology has the potential to resolve both issues. We believe that our Specializations initiative, which we originated and are launching with partner universities, will significantly increase post-secondary enrollment around the world, resulting in untold benefits for citizens everywhere, while simultaneously addressing the financial challenges faced by U.S. universities.”

Harvard Business School Professor and AP Senior Advisor Dr. Clayton Christensen added, “Specializations are designed to optimize time and minimize cost. The integrity of AP’s Specializations initiative is based on the indisputable competence and expertise of the course authors, the reputations of the institutions that grant them, and the content’s alignment with the market.”

Representing a concentration of relevant knowledge in high-demand fields of global interest, such as cybersecurity, management and leadership in healthcare, and entrepreneurship and innovation, that are developed and presented by upper-level faculty with expertise in a specific field of study, Specializations consist of three progressive certificates that are offered in multiple languages and can be earned in nine months.

AP’s partner universities will provide course content, while AP will maintain responsibility for translation, marketing, and recruitment.

AP’s partner universities outside of the United States, meanwhile, will serve as host universities for the Specializations, a distinguishing factor that will allow U.S. universities to enter these new markets with unprecedented efficiency.

Specializations and the forces that have made them so attractive to universities around the world will be the focus of AP’s upcoming conference “The Globalization of Higher Education.” To be held in Dallas on March 24 and March 25, 2014, the conference, which is co-hosted by Governors Jeb Bush and Jim Hunt, as well as Queens’ College, University of Cambridge, will provide a conversational platform to collectively consider the benefits of expanding access to higher education through the export of the United States’ globally recognized brands.

World-renowned thought leaders from academia, government, and international organizations, including former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, bestselling author and New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, CNN host Dr. Fareed Zakaria, and former President of the World Bank Robert Zoellick, will meet with the leaders of top U.S. and international universities at this first-of-its-kind event to discuss the emerging circumstances that will soon change how post-secondary institutions view the world and the ways we can dramatically expand access to higher education—and the opportunities that result from it—for the benefit of both the institutions themselves and citizens everywhere.

For more information about “The Globalization of Higher Education” conference, please visit www.globalizationofhighereducation.com.

For more information about Specializations, please visit www.specializations.com or http://www.academicpartnerships.com/specializations

 

About Academic Partnerships

Academic Partnerships (AP) assists universities in converting their traditional degree programs and certificates into an online format, recruits qualified students, and supports enrolled students through graduation. Serving public and private not-for-profit universities in the United States and top international institutions, AP is guided by the principle that the opportunities presented through distance learning make higher education more accessible and achievable for students in the United States and around the world. The company was founded by social entrepreneur Randy Best, an 18-year veteran of developing innovative learning solutions to improve education. For more information, please visit www.academicpartnerships.com.