Disruption by Degrees – The Future of Higher Education

Tuesday 19th January 2016

The first of several Future Agenda articles has just been published in Vision Magazine in Dubai.

Disruption by Degrees – The Future of Higher Education

Focused on how we may need teach students to be ready for the modern world, it is the front piece for a whole section on the future of education. Here are a few key views included in Disruption by Degrees the digital version of which can be easily accessed online and via the Vision App:

  • Given the increasingly international, thus competitive, nature of education we can expect a more rigorous process to emerge over the next decade allowing employers to understand the knowledge students have gained, increasing transparency for the governments and private organisations investing in it and ensuring students make better use of their study time.
  • Few college leavers now expect to have a job for life and many are hazy about what their future career will be. They are right to be so speculative. Most will end up doing jobs that were inconceivable even 5 years ago and will probably go on to build portfolio careers via multiple projects with different organisations.
  • Universities can help by becoming more flexible by shifting from their current emphasis on fact and memory to one of greater analysis, interpretation and communication. These softer skills will help enormously as employers place an increasing emphasis on the importance of the emotional alongside the intelligence quotient of their employees.
  • As “generation mash-up” matures, why should learning only come from one institution at a time when MOOCs, YouTube, Coursera, Google and even Facebook are all providing us with knowledge?

Further articles based on insights from Future Agenda discussions are in development and will be published shortly.

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