Reimagining: new humans, new society, new Higher Education

This is the audacious theme of the 13th Reinventing Higher Education Conference co-hosted on 6 March by two of my favourite universities: IE University in Madrid that I visited last year and met with dynamic students and staff who gave me hope that the future will be different and UCT (the University of Cape Town, South Africa), where I left a piece of my heart after 16 years of learning, growing, and learning to lead an institution in a society still wrestling with how to reimagine and rebuild itself.

I would like us to take a leaf from ancient wisdom: when in deep trouble, go back to the beginning. Humanity is being called to go back to ask the fundamental questions of what it means to be human. How do we relearn how to be true to the essence of our humanity? What is the role and place of education in its original meaning – “leading out or bringing forth that which lives within individual human beings, and nourishing the unique and unfathomable possibilities that each individual introduces in the world”?

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