Role of Higher Education in Solving Global Problems




higher education, authenticity, responsibility, global problems


Purpose: The global problems of the world need urgent and sustainable solutions and actions. This conceptual paper seeks to answer the question: How can higher education develop authentic and responsible citizens who will be able to act and solve global problems?

Study design/methodology/approach: Building on a range of selected literature from psychology, philosophy, education, and leadership, the paper first clarifies the concepts of authenticity and responsibility, then, it focuses on the role of higher education in supporting learners to develop their personal authenticity and strengthen their responsibility for others and for their environment.

Findings: The findings show that it is possible to become both authentic and responsible person and higher education curriculum and pedagogy play a decisive role in it.

Originality/value: The paper contributes to the discourses about the role of higher education in solving global problems. It also offers implications for higher educational researchers, learners and educators, university curriculum and pedagogy.

Author Biography

Maria Jakubik, Ronin Institute

Maria Jakubik is an Honorary Associate Professor of the University of Pècs, Hungary and a member of The Hungarian Academy of Sciences’ External Public Body. She has more than two decades of experience in the Finnish higher education. She is an active research scholar of the Ronin Institute, USA, member of the International Council on Knowledge Management (ICKM), Austria, and the Philosophy and Theory of Higher Education Society (PaTHES), UK. Her current research focuses on higher education and university pedagogy.