Waves of Change in Global Higher Education

Waves of Change in Global Higher Education

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Professor Bruce Johnstone is a Distinguished Service Professor for Higher EducationProf Bruce Johnstoneand Comparative Education Emeritus  and former President at SUNY Buffalo; former Chancellor of the State University of New York system, and Vice President at the University of Pennsylvania.

Higher Education sectors throughout the world have been experiencing waves of change that are having impacts—both positive and negative—on the development and the future of the sector. Some of these changes include, surging enrollment increases, increasing number of private institutions, increasing mobility of students, and a growing number of foreign branches of campuses. Underlying all the trends and contributing to them, is what Johnstone identifies as the tendency of higher educational costs and revenue needs outstripping the abilities of most governments to fund them. This leads to sharp increases in tuition fees, mounting student debts and barriers to access.

Professor Johnstone, a veteran in the policy circuit and administration of notable US Higher Education Institutions, shared with the audience his opinions on these changes and the future direction of Higher Education Intuitions in the US. During the Questions and Answer sessions, he provided sharp insights for developed countries in Singapore and the region.

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Mr Ho Swee Huat

Mr Ho Swee Huat is the Founder and Managing Director of Abacus Assets Advisors Pte Ltd. Before starting the company, he had an established career in the banking industry, with 20 years of experience in Singapore, Hong Kong and New York.

He was an Independent Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of CapitaCommercial Trust Management LTD from 2004 to 2013.

He is the current Chairman of Autism Association (Singapore) which he co-founded with a group of parents in 1992. He is also Vice-Chairman of Eden School, a special school for children with autism.

Mr Ho holds a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Liberal Arts degree in Economics from Hamilton College, USA.

He has been a member of the Board of the Foundation since its incorporation.