“The Future of Higher Education in the Age of Disruption”

In this special presentation, Farnam Jahanian, President of Carnegie Mellon University, will discuss what lies ahead for higher education.

“The Future of Higher Education in the Age of Disruption”

Sponsored by the Rice Initiative on Technology, Culture, and Society, Ken Kennedy Institute, and Office of Research at Rice University

Presented in part by the Rice Initiative for Technology, Culture, and Society, led by computer scientist Dr. Moshe Y. Vardi. Read more here about this new initiative at Rice.

ABSTRACT: We are in the midst of a profound social and economic transformation that has been catalyzed by a breathtaking pace of advances in automation and artificial intelligence and unprecedented access to data and computation. The impact of these technologies pervades nearly every sector of our economy, affecting a wide range of occupations across healthcare, finance, transportation, energy, manufacturing and beyond.

As with the industrial revolutions in the last century, today’s emerging technological advances have the potential to bring extraordinary benefits to society, contributing to tremendous prosperity in the long run. However, a growing number of economists predict that the coming innovations will exacerbate the skill bias of recent decades, contributing to growing economic inequality between the best and least educated in society. Furthermore, technological advances threaten to displace blue-collar workers performing routine jobs and change the nature of work for white-collar knowledge workers. A related economic and political implication is the disenfranchisement of a growing segment of our population — people who do not see themselves as part of the new economy and cannot even imagine a pathway to entry.

The future is neither dystopian nor utopian. These trends require a profound rethinking and sweeping transformation of the role of higher education in this changing global environment. Historically, every period of significant technological change has been met with a corresponding wave of innovations in education. Already higher education faces challenges in access, affordability and demand. To realize the full potential of education to transcend socioeconomic divides, this transformation must span from curriculum and pedagogy to structure and organization.

How can we move away from the current transactional model with disciplinary silos to equip students with the foundation they will need to succeed in tomorrow’s world?

BIOGRAPHY: Farnam Jahanian is the 10th president of Carnegie Mellon University, where he holds the Henry L. Hillman President’s Chair. He had served as Carnegie Mellon’s provost and chief academic officer previously.

Prior to coming to CMU, Jahanian led the National Science Foundation Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) from 2011 to 2014, where he guided the directorate to advance scientific discovery and engineering innovation through its support of fundamental research. Previously, he was the Edward S. Davidson Collegiate Professor at the University of Michigan, where he served as chair for Computer Science and Engineering from 2007-2011 and director of the Software Systems Laboratory from 1997-2000.

Jahanian’s research on Internet infrastructure security formed the basis for the Internet security company Arbor Networks, which he co-founded in 2001 and served as chair until its acquisition in 2010. Jahanian serves as chair of the National Research Council’s Computer Science and Telecommunications Board (CSTB), sits on the executive committee of the U.S. Council on Competitiveness, is a board member of the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT), and is active with the World Economic Forum, serving as vice-chairman for Global Universitty Leaders Forum (GULF).

Jahanian holds a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

COST: FREE and open to the public

WHEN: Tuesday, November 5, 2019

WHERE: Rice University, Duncan Hall, McMurtry Auditorium


4 – 5 p.m. Lecture by Farnam Jahanian (Duncan Hall, McMurtry Auditorium)

5 – 6 p.m. Networking Reception (Duncan Hall, Martel Hall)

Host url link: http://bit.ly/jahanian

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