Anand Sudarshan, CEO, Manipal Universal Learning, shared his detailed insights of the education industry and the need for strong technology adoption. Here are the excerpts:
Manipal Universal is keen in using technology as an enabler for Transformation: We have about 220000 students today and we would be serving over 500000 students by 2013. Opportunities in developing markets is huge and technology will play a pivotal role in designing and implementing learning strategies that cover the complete value chain.
Nations which have invested in education are the one who have economically succeeded. Both education and economy are hand in glove. Manipal is expanding internationally. To us technology is core and fundamental. We are working hard to ensure that it is incorporated into our corporate DNA. It is easy to say but tough to implement as people will have to adapt…
We look at Technology in three vectors:
1st vector- front facing vector- use of technology results in better learning and teaching.
2nd is building framework of scaffolding- manage the whole quality of delivering high quality education system. Scale and sustainability has to go together. Hence the second part is equally important for us.
We have 3 modes of deliveries- on campuses, distance education and more practice oriented vocational courses.
Technology can play crucial role in all. There is a cultural diversity as we operate in multiple countries and geographies. We also have govt and community besides students and faculty.Context that exists in each of these are different. and this context has to be understood.
3rd is the scale and complexity of each of these. Quality is not fixed one, it has to move up contextually. Need keeps changing. Teaching computer science today is much different compared to what it was 5 yrs ago. When in the business of delivering outstanding academics, we need to look 4-5 years beyond… for that the foundation needs to be laid and technology alone can help.
As an education service provider, we have an accountability to our key stake holders- the students. One role we play is the academic, second : that of a service provider. We need to ensure that every student who graduates is first an empowered and equipped learner and second, accountable learner.
Manipal is a sub urb of Udupi, district headquarter of Udupi dist, Karnataka. Manipal was a barren land a few decades ago but now houses wide range of Academic institutions- Manipal Institute of Technology, Kasturba Medical College (popularly known as Manipal Hospital), Shirdi Sai Baba Cancer Institute, Manipal Institute of Communication and many more…
More about Manipal Universal can be found at www.manipalu.com/. Also be sure to watch this beautiful video of Manipal University… My all time favorite.