Innovation in Higher Education

“The time has come to reimagine higher education and to reinvent pedagogical approaches.”

Press Relations by Maya Plentz

Wharton-QS Stars Awards 2014 — Reimagine Education

Promoting Innovation in Higher Education Around the World

By Maya Plentz

London, 9 April, 2014  —  The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania’s SEI Center for Advanced Studies in Management and QS Quacquarelli Symonds, publisher of QS World University Rankings, announced today that they are launching the first global competition for the most innovative pedagogical approaches in higher education.

The perfect storm of increasingly demanding young students — as well as the need to offer higher education to learners of all ages and outside of traditional degree programs — along with new technologies, the rising cost of traditional higher education and fierce global competition, calls for new approaches and a profound transformation of the learning experience.

The “Wharton-QS Stars Awards 2014 — Reimagine Education” provides a great opportunity to promote the latest innovation in e-learning, blended and classroom-based learning around the world. Entries are welcome from any university or enterprise regardless of ethos or structure, public or private, profit or non-profit.

Jerry Wind, Lauder Professor & Director of the SEI Center for Advanced Studies in Management at the Wharton School is passionate about reimagining education. “With the dramatic changes in behavioral patterns of empowered, skeptical young people, combined with innovative technologies in e-learning, we have to ask if the traditional models of teaching are still applicable,” Wind said.

Professor Wind adds: “The time has come to reimagine higher education and to reinvent pedagogical approaches. The purpose of our collaboration with QS, the world’s leading university rankings organization, is to leverage the wisdom of informed experts in education — to identify innovation in e-learning and blended learning to enhance the experiences of students around the world and to help produce future leaders in every field of study.”

An independent panel of distinguished judges comprising multidisciplinary e-learning and traditional learning experts around the world will choose the most innovative pedagogical experiments in e-learning, presence learning and blended e-learning in the following categories:

Arts & Humanities

Engineering & Technology

Life Sciences & Medicine

Natural Sciences

Social Sciences

Professional and Executive Education

The overall most innovative pedagogical approach

Pedagogical innovators from all over the world are invited to submit their applications.

The submission deadline is 31st August 2014.

A three-day global conference to showcase all the latest pedagogical innovations in higher education will take place on 8th -10th December in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The conference will include a networking dinner and a gala dinner award ceremony to celebrate the major breakthroughs of the winning entries.

An e-book of all the leading entries of the global competition will be published in February 2015, alongside the release of the QS World University Ranking by Subjects 2015.

Nunzio Quacquarelli, Managing Director of QS concludes “QS developed the World University Rankings back in 2003 with the mission of shining a light on excellence in research, employability, teaching and internationalisation of world class universities. Whilst many feel we have made great strides in this endeavour, we have long felt that measuring quality in teaching goes beyond the scope of a rankings exercise. QS is partnering with the SEI Center to launch the Wharton-QS Stars Awards 2014 — Reimagine Education, in order to identify faculty genuinely involved in ground breaking innovation in teaching pedagogy. We hope the innovations highlighted by these inaugural awards will be of huge benefit to the next generation of learners.”

Notes for the Editors

About the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and the SEI Center for Advanced Studies in Management
Founded in 1881 as the first collegiate business school, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania is recognized globally for intellectual leadership and ongoing innovation across every major discipline of business education. With a broad global community and one of the most published business school faculties, Wharton creates economic and social value around the world. The School has 5,000 undergraduate, MBA, executive MBA, and doctoral students; more than 9,000 participants in executive education programs annually and a powerful alumni network of 92,000 graduates.

The Wharton SEI Center for Advanced Studies in Management is the world’s first “think tank” for management education. The Wharton SEI Center ensures the relevance of management research and teaching to the evolving needs of business and society in the 21st century by joining with global thought leaders in diverse fields to anticipate the needs of management, identify forces of change, and understand emerging management paradigms. The SEI Center engages in workshops, conferences, and lectures involving senior executives, academic leaders, and students to develop research and educational initiatives to meet the future needs of management.