HolonIQ recently completed a study with almost 100 institutions across 14 countries in the LAC region, with the support of the Inter-American Development Bank and IDB Lab. The report serves as a 'temperature check' for digital transformation in higher education in the region, including the key challenges, capabilities, approaches and needs.
Latin America and the Caribbean is home to 30 million students studying 60,000 programs at 10,000 Higher Education institutions. While there has been a significant increase in HE participation over the last decade, uptake of digital has been limited until recently.
This new report provides an ‘on the ground’ view of the key issues facing higher education institutions across Latin America and the Caribbean, to better understand the impact of COVID-19 on institutions, approaches to digital transformation and visions for the future.
LAC is a hugely diverse region with differences between countries in terms of public vs. private institutions, regulation and funding, the local economic context, the impact of COVID-19 and how it is being managed in each economy.
Access to higher education continues to be a focus in the region and there has been significant progress in participation with gross enrolment rates more than doubling since the mid 1990’s. However, this is largely driven by increases in secondary education graduation rates, an expansion in the number of higher education institutions and programs, demand-side policies such as student loans and scholarships as well as an increased spend on education as a proportion of GDP.