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How are universities preparing students for the future?

Every day, new technologies are introduced in society, changing the world where people live. This trend is also influencing the education sector, where universities need to prepare learners for their future.

According to The Future of Jobs report published by the World Economic Forum, children who are entering primary school today will get a job position that doesn’t even exist now, including gamification consultant, virtual environment engineer and data ecologist.

In this context, how can university prepare students for the new world?

Preparing learners to face the future can be quite challenging for institutions, as some current skills could be obsolete in five years time. However, lecturers can focus on several aspects to prepare students facing their dynamic future life including:

  • Encourage digital literacy: Nowadays, almost all young people own a digital device and have access to the latest technological innovations. Many companies worldwide hire employees with digital skills who are able to manage digital technologies and platforms. Therefore by enhancing these skills lecturers permit learners to become strong digital citizens, and quickly find a job position.
  • Improve soft skills: Interpersonal skills such as critical thinking and active listening are abilities every student should enhance, to help see problems from different angles and create innovative solutions. Although students are interested in different fields, those skills can be applied to different sectors.
  • Teach tolerance: Many companies worldwide recruit employees who can collaborate with each other to succeed in projects; therefore, in this globalised world, it’s fundamental lecturers teach students how to tolerate unfamiliar cultures and ideas, along with encouraging them to have open discussions and communication with people of other cultures.
  • Adopt new technologies in the classroom: Nowadays there are plenty of educational resources that should be introduced in the classroom, that can help learners develop new skills. Good examples are Google and Microsoft programmes, which help learners to experience new technological learning devices such as virtual reality tools. In this way, students are able to imagine what the world will be in the future, developing their creativity and problem-solving skills, all abilities that are and will be always in demand in the job market.

To sum up, the development of digital and technology is changing every aspect of people’s lives. In this context, it’s fundamental universities provide learners with all the skills they need to succeed in their future career.

 

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