Multiple transitions are occurring at the global level and higher education systems across the world are in varying degrees of transformation. National education systems are increasingly becoming interconnected with global and regional trends. They are also highly impacted by dramatic changes in technology, economic development and intensification of the cultural dimension of globalisation processes. 

As a consequence, national educational systems and individual institutions are increasingly dependent on development of educational innovations, organisational forms, and practices. The assessment of consequential impacts of technology, demographic shifts, social expectations and intercultural exchanges is becoming ever more critical for policy making and institutional development of higher education institutions both in India, the region, and across the world. Studying the interconnected dimensions of global, regional and Indian higher education systems has become an imperative for fostering excellence at the level of institutions and at the national levels. 

The Centre for Global Higher Education Futures (CGHEF) will work towards identifying systemic level trends, developing scenarios at local and global levels, and advancing strategic insights that would have an impact on policy, institution building, pedagogical styles, and research. 

CGHEF will invite contributions from leading experts, renowned scholars and practitioners in the areas of educational technology, economy, organisational studies, pedagogy, and creativity to contribute to ongoing debates on transforming educational systems to match the demands of students, parents, policymakers and other stakeholders. 

Some of the key themes on which the Centre will focus include:

  • Educational organisation innovations that have potential to foster excellence in higher education systems
  • The role of educational leadership and its impact on institution building to meet contemporary and future needs
  • Developments in pedagogical practices and knowledge that would enhance learning, creativity and professional and demographic participation
  • Ongoing trends in national and global research ecosystems and their implications for Indian higher education excellence
  • The future of professional education with particular reference to the ethical dimensions of professional practice
  • Educational spaces, aesthetics and visual and performing arts in creating an enabling environment for learning in higher education institutions
  • The impact of ongoing globalisation and internationalisation of higher education system on various facets of higher education institutions
  • Educational technology and its relevance to pedagogy, research and organisational practices
  • Development of financial models and practices that create sustainable institutional growth
Dr. Shiv Visvanathan
Distinguished Fellow
Group Captain V. Krishnappa (Retd.)
Senior Fellow
Dr. Michael Fratantuono
Adjunct Senior Fellow

Articles, Commentaries and Insights


CGHEF Lecture Series “Educating Professionals for the 21st Century” 

Professionals practice in a world of irreducible complexity, ambiguity, uncertainty and volatility. The basis of knowledge for such practices is undergoing significant changes where social norms and expectations, rapid technological shifts, and changing political, cultural and legal contexts need to be continuously challenged, transformed and reevaluated. In this context, the paradigms that provided stable bases for educating professionals in the past has been found to be inadequate for contemporary and anticipatory future needs. This CGHEF Lecture Series will explore the key challenges for educating professionals: What are the new concepts, theories and pedagogical practices that would provide a sound bases for preparing professionals for the future? Through interactions with accomplished and experienced professionals from various practice areas, this Lecture Series aims to develop a sound framework, conceptual tools and pedagogical practices for professional education in contemporary contexts.

  • Inaugural Lecture on “Educating the 21st Century Lawyer” by Sanjoy Ghose, Labour Lawyer, September 26, 2018
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  • Lecture on “Educating the 21st Century Lawyer” by Priya Hingorani, Lawyer at Hingorani & Associates, November 5, 2019
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  • Public Lecture on “Educating (for) Patriotism” by Cecilia Abraham, Independent Poet and Writer, March 12, 2019
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Seminar on “Diversity, Inclusion & Internationalisation: Comparative Perspectives” on 19 March 2019


The seminar on Diversity, Inclusion & Internationalisation: Comparative Perspectives brought together academics, scholars and higher education practitioners to discuss how India’s universities are addressing challenges related to diversity, inclusion and internationalisation, and how our universities can better prepare students for the 21st century world.

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Book project: “Rethinking Professional Education: Coping Skilfully in the Age of Impermanence”


This project will explore key questions on how professional education can be reimagined in an age of impermanence: What are the key skills that would make professional practice more adaptive? What pedagogical practices have potential for creating learning opportunities for coping in a world of irreducible uncertainty, complexity, impermanence and uncertainty? What non-traditional teaching practices (teaching with literature, poetry, art, systems thinking, philosophy etc.) will better equip the learner to cope skilfully?