In a feature recently published by The Economist Intelligence Unit, the future of higher education is examined. It is argued that ‘Like every industry, higher education is facing disruptions. Institutions will need to find new and innovative ways to deliver education in order to meet the needs of parents, students and society as a whole.’ Five different models are examined: the online model is one of these (which fits well with our online course produced in conjunction with Lancaster University). There is the cluster model (in which universities combine with each other), the partnership model (in which they link with other organisations), and the experiential model in which students are given real work experiences. But the fifth model is especially exciting. It is one in which colleges focus on the teaching of critical thinking and problem-solving skills. This would be a very important development, and fits well with the huge value that critical thinking and problem-solving brings.
In a recent publication by the Brookings Institute, ‘Competencies for the 21st century’, the importance of these competencies has been stressed. As it explains, ‘The