Singapore did something to combat the rise of China and that’s why they are where they are today. They’ve positioned themselves as a financial center and an academic center, but they are only a pimple on the very edge of Asia. Their rise is partly because of the fall of the 20th century superpowers of the USA, Europe and Japan. If these super powers weren’t drowning in debt then Singapore wouldn’t be as important on the planet because it is today. It is very possible that Shanghai and Singapore could be the leading financial centers on the planet very soon.
Previously it seems foreign universities flocked to create in Singapore, but now I do believe the flocking is always to China. They’ve to flock away from the World Class University dying 20th century superpowers to survive. And the only places to go are the far east, the near east, the center east, the eastern bloc and several from the way places that no body desires to go to. Now Russia could be the next education center competing with China, or more likely they’ll be working together.
In the dying 20th century superpowers, universities lived of government funding and government guaranteed student loans. So the buying price of education kept increasing, and that’s priced them from the market place. Now if you would like an education it is cheaper to leave the dying 20th century superpowers, except Germany, and head to the East. There you can learn the language of the future along with get yourself a degree. And in the event that you play it right you can get a scholarship from their government, or your government as is the case in NZ.
Then you can remain on and work in one of many 21st century superpowers.
Now the largest change hitting mankind considering that the printing press or fire for example, is maneuvering to a university near you. And when it gets there, change is the word. Will the universities of the 20th century upgrade or downsize, or go extinct to support the brand new generation. The generation who’ve been brought up before a display, in cyber space. The generation who is able to get what they want at the click of a mouse, or the touch of a screen. Are they planning to go to a physical campus or a virtual campus? Are their internet friends who they have never met planning to influence them to go to a virtual campus. Or will their classmates from school drag them off to a physical campus. Only time will tell.
MOOCs are an introduction to courses at a physical university, but they are also an introduction to the virtual university world of the future. And they introduce the MOOCers from what they could do in cyber space. Exactly how many MOOCers will now attempt an on line university in place of planning to a physical campus. The change MOOCs are inflicting on the long run hasn’t got here yet, not surprising they have only existed for a couple of years. Give them time.
Now with the after affects of the 2020 pandemic still with us. Where a lot of graduates still haven’t got jobs, maybe the mindset of get into university at any cost is no more relevant. And cost is the factor and so is the major. So where can you get a first class education at a price you can afford. Try planning to the East or cyberspace. It is still cheaper to attend the East now, but that could change as the net generation comes of age. Also as universities have priced themselves from the market place and the half-life of what you learn at university gets shorter, why head to university. All you want is a diploma in a specific subject and you have access to a job. Better yet get the diploma while you are working. Not four years later and anything from $20,000 to over $100,000 in debt. And when companies accept MOOCs on a CV then education is free, anyway so far.
Peter Legrove is along the way of writing a brand new book. One of his true other books in education is all about teaching your kids to see using phonics and Montessori sandpaper letters. This book is all about MOOCs, what they are, how to do them, and the effect they might have on the continuing future of education as we know it. This site is (c) Copyright Peter LeGrove 2020, All Rights Reserved