Emerging Trends in Higher Education: A Roadmap for Poland-India Relations

Changes in higher education is not a new phenomena, but how rapidly it is effecting traditional practices and forcing to be adoptive for new methods of teaching & training- is an identical, and understood as an indication of new trends in Higher Education. Influence of innovation & technology is stronger than ever before, specially when internet became the main source of information and mobile devices for the accessibility of virtual world. Reading rooms  are changed into mobile library, and traditional class room’s into online platform. 

Such rapid changes in higher education, left gaps between traditional understanding of education, educational institutions and need’s of today’s learners/students. Traditional practices are affected by information revolution- mobile devices, internet, cloud technology and social media. Practices from institution-centric education/faculty-centric education system is outdated, and getting replaced by student-centric educational system where student’s interest come first.. In past, educational institutions were known for long traditions and innovative practices, where students must choose one of them and learn offered courses. It was seller’s market but today is about the buyer’s market, it means universities and educational institutions must provide education based on learners/students needs considering new trends in global higher education.

Similar trends are occurred in India as well as in Poland. Both entities are going through considerable changes based on national requirements and global demands. In one hand when, India is under tremendous pressure for the expansion of higher education sector by watching pace of population growth (over 32 per cent of 1.4 billion people is between the age group of 0- 14, over 600 million students seeking higher education), and growing middle class is in the position to expend $15000-$20000 for higher education in India or abroad. By 2020, India will have the largest tertiary-age population in the world and will have the second largest graduate talent pipeline globally, following China and ahead of the USA. Other hand, Poland seems to be determined to find the solutions of demography impact on higher education system which is deeply effecting educational institutions as well as quality education in Poland. Polish educational institutions are struggling for it’s survivals, and loosing their glimpse of long traditions and quality education by not getting enough numbers of well qualified students as well as funds to run programs/institutions.

Thus, new roadmap for India and Poland can be created on the basis of demand & supply model from higher education, which will be win-win for both the nations.