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Sodexo Highlights Disruptive Trends in Global Higher Education Sector

16 October 2018 / by Sodexo S.A. (author) / Issy-les-Moulineaux
Chapel at the Sorbonne University building, Paris. (photo: MBZT)
Chapel at the Sorbonne University building, Paris. / (photo: MBZT)

Sodexo has released the "Five Trends Set to Impact the Student Journey and Campus" report which draws on insights from a panel of experts in the university sector, as well as the group's experience in providing services to 700 universities globally.

 

The report which forms part of a series of annual reports focusing on future trends, focuses on five interrelated topics - with a core focus on the changing role of universities and what they must do to engage with a new generation of students.

 

Featured trends in 2018, include:

  • Beyond academics: Changing economic, political, social, digital, cultural and environmental forces are evolving the work landscape. “Preparing students” takes on an expanded mandate beyond academic education, to include personal development and extracurricular offerings.

  • Engaging first-generation students: A new generation of students is emerging from the growing middle class, and universities are working to recognise and support them – with clear benefits beyond the individual experience.

  • Enhancing student experiences with technology: Today’s college students are digital natives: they expect technological touchpoints through recruitment, studying and post-graduation.

  • Evolving brick-and-mortar universities: Global growth in student population, access to technology and student mobility is changing the way they experience physical campuses. Universities are increasingly offering blended and customised models.

  • Lifelong learning: As technology changes the workplace, education is moving from the traditional ‘one-and-done’ model to a broader audience including adults and senior residents looking to keep up. Universities are exploring how to connect, provide for and inspire remote learners, working adults and returning students.


Discussing the report, Satya-Christophe Menard, CEO, Sodexo Schools & Universities Worldwide, said:

"More than ever, the headwinds of technological, economic and cultural change are impacting the way students learn and develop. With this rapid change upon us, it is incumbent on all university stakeholders – not only institutions themselves, but also public authorities, parents, partners and suppliers, to work together to support students and contribute to a successful on-campus experience.

 

"By drawing on experience and a range of research, Sodexo can guide our clients to effective solution-based action."


The report is available from here.

 

 

 

 

 

Sodexo S.A.

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Sodexo S.A.

Founded in Marseille in 1966 by Pierre Bellon, Sodexo is the global leader in services that improve Quality of Life, an essential factor in individual and organizational performance. Operating in 80 countries, Sodexo serves 75 million consumers each day through its unique combination of On-site Services, Benefits and Rewards Services and Personal and Home Services. Through its more than 100 services, Sodexo provides clients an integrated offering developed over more than 50 years of experience: from foodservices, reception, maintenance and cleaning, to facilities and equipment management; from Meal Pass, Gift Pass and Mobility Pass benefits for employees to in-home assistance and concierge services. Sodexo's success and performance are founded on its independence, its sustainable business model and its ability to continuously develop and engage its 420,000 employees throughout the world. www.sodexo.com

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