What if the existing paradigms that cohere our global understanding of higher education are no longer valid? Or, at least, limiting to the point of redundancy. What if we no longer need to create a critical citizenry, but rather a compassionate one that is constantly able to negotiate him- or herself out of populist left or right leanings into the perspective of the ‘Other’?
Maybe that’s not enough, either. As students wade through the endless is-ness of the pandemic, they may emerge on the other side to find that their discipline demand has dwindled and there is no assured position for them. That means we need to equip them with a different, perhaps more entrepreneurial, skills set, to coach them in self-reflection and to innovate. What we need, in short, is critical, compassionate, creative citizens.