Competencies of the Future

Competencies of the Future

WHAT ARE THE COMPETENCIES OF THE FUTURE? 

DO POLISH UNIVERSITIES TEACH SUCH THINGS? 

WHAT SHOULD THE UNIVERSITY OF THE FUTURE BE LIKE? 

In the con­di­tions of digi­tal trans­for­ma­tion, know­led­ge beco­mes a key reso­ur­ce, and the key com­pe­ten­ce of people and orga­ni­za­tions – the way and spe­ed of its acqu­isi­tion and use. On the labor mar­ket sha­ped by auto­ma­tion and plat­for­mi­za­tion pro­ces­ses, the­re will find such employ­ees who, basing on advan­ced cogni­ti­ve, social and tech­ni­cal (inc­lu­ding digi­tal) com­pe­ten­ces, will be able to adapt the­ir skills pro­fi­le to the rapi­dly chan­ging expec­ta­tions of employers.

What role will uni­ver­si­ties play in the com­pe­ten­cies of the futu­re? What do stu­dents them­se­lves say abo­ut the­ir stu­dies and what expec­ta­tions do they have? This is the sub­ject of a report by DELab UW pre­pa­red for the Polish Enter­pri­se Fund and Google.

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WHAT ARE THE COMPETENCIES OF THE FUTURE?

Tech­ni­cal com­pe­ten­cies – engi­ne­ering and digi­tal – will be impor­tant, but com­pe­ten­cies that dif­fe­ren­tia­te human work from robots or arti­fi­cial intel­li­gen­ce, such as the abi­li­ty to make deci­sions and judg­ments, cre­ation and empa­thy, will beco­me key. Incre­asin­gly, tasks will be hybrid in natu­re, com­bi­ning human and machi­ne com­pe­ten­cies. Humans will tra­in machi­nes (e.g., teach arti­fi­cial intel­li­gen­ce), and machi­nes will ampli­fy the poten­tial of humans by enhan­cing the­ir cogni­ti­ve, com­mu­ni­ca­tion, and phy­si­cal capabilities.

COMPETENCES OF THE FUTURE DIVIDED INTO THREE GROUPS OF SKILLS: COGNITIVE, SOCIAL AND TECHNICAL

THE PERCENTAGE OF STUDENTS WHO THINK THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH CLASSES IN THEIR DEGREE PROGRAM

DO POLISH UNIVERSITIES TEACH SUCH THINGS?

Stu­dy­ing bro­adens hori­zons, inspi­res and builds social capi­tal. The vast majo­ri­ty of stu­dents and alum­ni we survey­ed (81%) agre­ed with the sta­te­ment that col­le­ge pro­vi­des intel­lec­tu­al growth. Howe­ver, the results of the survey show that the work­shop par­ti­ci­pants sha­re the feeling that Polish uni­ver­si­ties are not the best pla­ce to deve­lop the com­pe­ten­cies of the future.

WHAT SHOULD THE UNIVERSITY OF THE FUTURE BE LIKE?

The uni­ver­si­ty of the futu­re is acti­ve­ly enga­ging with the bro­ader edu­ca­tion eco­sys­tem. Modern deve­lop­ments are moving in the direc­tion of incre­asing pro­gram fle­xi­bi­li­ty and chan­ging the forms of stu­dent lear­ning: moving away from the rigid divi­sion into seme­sters and years of stu­dy, teaching and apply­ing the­ory to prac­ti­ce, and more empha­sis on enga­ging stu­dents in hands-on pro­ject work.

THE PERCENTAGE OF PEOPLE FOR WHOM IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT COLLEGE TEACH COMPETENCIES IN

The­re has never been a bet­ter time for employ­ees with the right skills or edu­ca­tion, ones who can use tech­no­lo­gy to cre­ate value. And the­re has never been a wor­se time for wor­kers with only „ordi­na­ry” skills and abi­li­ties, as com­pu­ters, robots and other digi­tal tech­no­lo­gies gain them at an extra­or­di­na­ry rate.

E. Bryn­jol­fs­son, A. McAfee

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