“The trend towards a knowledge-based economy has emphasized the importance of universities as repositories of valuable human capital. In particular, the accelerating shift to high technology and information technology economy requires sustained human resource development and training. Driven by globalization and pressures to teach and train knowledgeable, skilled and competitive professionals,
universities face a huge challenge in increasing access to higher education and improving the quality of higher education against the stark reality of decreasing resources.
Fundamental to the creation of qualified human resources is an accessible, effective and efficient higher education system, particularly when governments are counting on university graduates to be competitive in creating wealth for their country. Universities are therefore compelled to be innovative and lead by using cutting-edge technology to meet these expectations.” –UNESCO.