The Hearth’s work in higher education ranges from enhancing existing universities and colleges, to assisting the establishment of new higher education institutions. It develops world-class institutions that offer excellence in academics and teaching; research, development and dissemination of knowledge; and that contribute to the cultural, scientific, and civic life of society.
The Hearth helps existing universities and colleges develop new courses, relook at their academic value proposition, and reposition themselves with prospective students. It also undertakes internal quality audit surveys, assists growth plans and assists institutions re-examine their financial viability.
The Hearth also conducts project feasibility studies for new institutions and assists the establishment of new institutions. From the early phases of campus design and construction oversight to academic programme development and system assessment, the Hearth use its expertise to establish reputable and influential colleges and universities.
A focus area is the development of world-class universities. Excellent education requires that students not only study and learn the specific content of the areas of their major interest, but also study ideas that influenced those areas as well as the cultures of the world that form the context for all knowledge. It is not enough for students to read texts and write exam papers that repeat what they read; students must develop through their university courses the habits of mind that enable them to succeed.
The main areas of advice/consulting provided by The Hearth for an institution to reach world-class practices include:
- University-level academic programming (including governance structures)
- Programme-level planning and course design (including internal analysis frameworks)
- Quality audit (using secondary data, site visits, and interviews and observations, and analysis of documentation to deliver an education audit report that identifies an institution’s strength and weakness, areas of concern and how to develop, fix and improve the institution)
- Partnerships (The unique relationships of the Hearth give it access to many of the leading education institutions and groups across the world, thereby creating partnership opportunities). Partnership could be between industry and academia/institutions, between higher education providers and schools, or between similar types of organisations in different geographical regions.