Part 2: How Universities Can Develop the Next Generation of Leaders

Pradeep K. Khosla is speaker at the Marcus Evans University Leadership Summit, Khosla gives his recommendations for developing students who can make an impact on society.

University leaders have to understand and define their university’s role in the community, to ensure students develop the necessary skills and thinking processes required to become the next generation of leaders, advised Pradeep K. Khosla, Chancellor, University of California San Diego. Industries have to come to campus for students to solve industry challenges, thus generate value for society and create jobs, he added.

INTERVIEW, Part 2

Continued from Part 1: What approach does this require? How can they develop the next generation of leaders?

  • Khosla: Universities have to involve industries, create value-added programs, especially at the graduate level, and employment opportunities. If you look at the problems the world is facing today, there are many issues where technology or science do not lead to an answer. They are multi-disciplinary issues that require multi-disciplinary solutions.
  • The students being educated right now should have the ability to use the left and right side of their brain simultaneously and be able to work collaboratively in groups environments. Universities have to take a fresh look at what courses students are required to take and what skills will actually help them develop into leaders.
  • The university’s role is not to simply train people for jobs, but to train leaders who are going to work on problems of societal impact.

Is innovation part of the answer? How can they promote innovation?

  • Khosla: Innovation is a process, a style of thinking. When US universities talk about innovation, they talk about technology transfer and assume that will generate extra resources. However, statistically, the return on investment through tech transfer is less than two percent. In my mind, the way to promote innovation is to bring industry to campus and have problems that are relevant to industry solved by students, then creating a frictionless process for moving the technology out into the open where others can utilize it. This would generate value, and through that, create jobs.

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