Investment in private education forum

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Yesterday the IFC began its second International Forum on Investment in Private Higher Education.  The focus was on innovations in the K-12 subsector and featured five speakers: Carl Bistany, President of Sabis; Raul Mendez, Rector at UNITEC in Mexico; Kagan Kalinyazgan, General Manager of YUCE IT Academy in Turkey; David Copeland, Chairman of Te Ketelpurangi in New Zealand; and Laura Perez, Dean at Technologica  Monterrey in Mexico.

This distinguished panel spoke on a variety of issues including e-learning platforms, enrollment expansion, quality, key success factors, and public-private partnerships.

The evening switched to discussion of higher education provision with remarks by Mr. Lars Thunell, IFC Executive Vice President, who called for the private sector to take advantage of the growing demand for higher education and the inability of the public sector to meet this demand with partners.

Keynote speaker Sir John Daniel of the Commonwealth of Learning also encouraged private investors to meet this demand, in particular the demand of the poorest segments of society. He encouraged the audience (of university rectors, investors and policymakers) to offer high quality education with e-learning platforms, as can be found at the Open University in the UK.

All presentations will soon be available online. Today we will continue addressing higher education with presentations on the global market and trends, doing business in China and what works in ICT. Stay tuned!

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