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HIGHER EDUCATION TREND TRACKING DECEMBER 2018

How does a college prepare students for jobs that don’t exist yet? Quoting the 85% estimate of jobs in 2030 that don’t exist yet (provided by the Institute for the Future), the American public television channel PBS has addressed this question in a recent Newshour broadcast. The program offers a variety of answers: instead of focusing on technical training that may be outdated in just a few years, focus on soft skills such as problem solving and team-work skills; rethink the four-year learning model, which is rooted in the assumption that learning stops with graduation, and replace it with life-long learning schemes in which work and education stages alternate so as to create an ecosystem where people are constantly learning; actively seek to fill the skill gap by pairing foundational learning with technical training (e.g. social sciences + data analysis); transform the classroom into a work-like space, which can be done through partnerships with private companies that encourage students to create projects that can be used in the workplace. A number of American universities, such as the University of Utah, the University of Central Florida, the University of California, Berkeley, and others have already begun to implement programs that reflect these major changes in orientation. PBS Newshour, Making Sense, December 6, 2018,

www.pbs.org/newshour/economy/making-sense/how-colleges-are-preparing-students-for-jobs-that-dont-exist-yet

Authors: Corinne Mellul, Corinne Mellul
Date of the document: January 2019
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