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The speed of transformation and the knowledge it demands pose a formidable challenge for today's workforce. This Point of View explores how higher education can provide students with a solid foundation for succeeding in the workplace by adopting the full range of STEM fundamentals as a foundation for teaching and continuously refreshing the curriculum.
How can education catch up with a new set of roles and expectations in today's data driven economy?
If higher education is just evolving while industry is transforming, the mismatch will deny tomorrow's workforce vital employment opportunities and hinder industry innovation and competitiveness. How can higher education catch up? You'll succeed by emphasizing Industry 4.0 technologies, employing SMART educational techniques, ensuring their curriculum keeps pace with industry innovation, and establishing mutually reinforcing relationships with industry.
Automation continues to replace mundane work once performed by people. But it also frees people up to perform higher-level, often more meaningful work in a more efficient environment. Likewise, AI has catalyzed changes in how work and processes are delivered. It has also generated demand for new skills and jobs – including some that businesses may only discover in the future as AI grows in sophistication. As employers struggle to fill these jobs, higher education must accelerate its ability to teach these skills and prepare students to succeed in these demanding and in-demand jobs. That means current and future educators must thoroughly understand and teach the STEM fundamentals their students must master for the future's agile, fast-paced, and often ambiguous world of work.