A study titled Creating future-ready universities: the Indian contextpublished by the Association of Indian Universities in New Delhi, India, which talks about the changes brought about in the higher education landscape and accelerated by the advent of the pandemic, is relevant for the United Arab Emirates and the global sector of Higher Education.
The accelerating changes in the field of information technology, she said, lead to more rapid and profound changes in the social and cultural environment globally, which requires higher education to keep pace with trends. emerging and prepares students for life in the expected and unexpected future reality.
The trend indicates that the future world will be dominated by technology, interconnected and perhaps stressed for natural resources. Higher education, post-Covid, would be an entirely different world with students having access to many online resources.
Universities in the UAE are aware of this and in fact are driven to ensure that their course and program offerings are important to students in an effort to prepare them to be future-ready.
Building to thrive in the age of technology
Speaking to GN Focus, Xavier Duran Martinez, Director of MBA Programmes, Alliance Manchester Business School (Alliance MBS), University of Manchester reveals that the premier educational institution is doing the right thing to produce socially responsible graduates in the age of technology.
“At Alliance MBS, we produce creative, resilient and socially responsible graduates who will thrive in the technological age,” says Martinez, continuing, “We continually update our curriculum to ensure it focuses on the business challenges facing they will face as a leader, now and in the future.Students learn to navigate uncertainty and face complex challenges with confidence, in this once-in-a-lifetime learning journey.
“The University aims to help students build fulfilling, rewarding and sustainable careers, having a positive impact on their businesses, organizations and communities. This involves a commitment to lifelong learning through an ongoing relationship between alumni and the University, with opportunities to retrain or upskill as their career progresses.
Data science in demand
Renowned educational institutions such as Lincoln University Business Management (LUBM) also focus on areas that would help students engage and help them be ready for the workplace of the future.
Meghavi Banerjee, Director – Strategic Alliances, LUBM, believes that data science holds immense relevance for a reason, for those looking to prepare for future workplaces.
“In my opinion, one of the fastest growing fields across the globe is data science. Additionally, a student can also focus on entrepreneurship, artificial intelligence, and soft skills or non-technical,” says Banerjee.
Artificial intelligence is shaping the future of humanity in almost every industry, while entrepreneurship and innovation are helping individuals to become independent and channel their creativity to create something of their own in the competitive market. , reveals Banerjee.
“I encourage every individual to attend various seminars available to develop skills such as agility and adaptability, critical thinking and problem solving, initiative and entrepreneurship,” says Banerjee.
This is advice that should come in very handy to the student community in the UAE as individual members begin their journey to move in and succeed in the future workplace.