Higher education (HE) is in transition. Being a bridge to a better future, Higher education institutions (HEI) need very much, as a physical bridge, continuous maintenance to prevent sudden collapse. While demographic, social, and economic factors are at play in determining the future of HE, the plethora of technology tools in particular is driving HEIs to undergo fundamental structural changes. Technology, totally embraced by the generation that is born in its midst, is influencing almost every vital university function and experience: management of resources, design of the classroom, purpose of the library, life on campus, planning of space, modes of communication between students and instructors, teaching methods, learning styles, modes of knowledge attainment, and so on.
The fast pace of these changes, exacerbated by the high cost of integrating technology, changing public perceptions about quality education, growing number of HEI and knowledge providers, shrinking conventional markets for graduates, ineffective accountability measures, and the narrowing window to make important decisions leave HE planners perplexed. To keep pace and hopefully stay ahead of the competition requires wisdom, tenacity, and new thinking. Claims of quality education, stories of past successes, magical ads and spirited slogans are no longer adequate for people to beat a path to an institution’s door. At a time our communities are becoming unrecognizable distant fragments of unforgiving unknown, threatening what is essentially human, we say to our students that their presence here at RHU is an opportunity to decode the rapidly changing world around them, imagine a future they dream and cultivate pathways to reach it. In the midst of tumultuous changes and challenges that threaten the existence of our society as we know it, we hope after having earned a degree, our students would be convinced that RHU was truly the “unforgettable choice” they made, where: The aim is symbiotic with the hopes of the nation; the purpose is clear – nurturing hopes and shaping dreams; the outcome that matters most is students’ success; and the learning experience prepares for a lifetime of meanings.