Kamal Puri, Founder and Chairman, Skyline University College, talks about how it is vital for educational institutions to recognize the importance of technology and its impact on the future workforce.
The influence of globalization and internationalization goes beyond the boundaries of economy, culture, and politics. Their effect also pervades technology and education.
Technological diffusion, or the spreading of technology across borders, is allowing globalization to develop at a pace we couldn’t imagine a few decades ago. The globalization of technology and education, in return, further boosts technological development as it allows countries to access foreign ideas and knowledge. Those in the education sector are responsible for shaping the current generation to ensure that they are prepared for the highly interconnected and technology-driven world, which may come sooner than expected.
Technology and innovation are setting the stage for the future, and academic institutions are responsible for honing the key players. These key players are the Millennials and Generation Zers who are, fortunately, among the most curious of generations. Curiosity is a requirement to stay relevant in a rapidly changing society. Universities and schools have to nurture this inquisitiveness and build students’ confidence in trying something new and thinking outside the box.
The labor market is changing. Businesses have to work with the government and academicians to ensure that the education systems can keep up with the demands of the changing labor market. Inculcating the spirit of lifelong learning plays a big role in molding students and giving them the skills necessary for the new labor market. It also pays to encourage students and professionals to actively participate in international conferences, workshops, and post-graduate studies.
As the boundaries between countries dissolve, knowing how to strive in a multicultural work environment gives one an edge. Hence, academic institutions should emphasize the value of tolerance and train students to communicate effectively in a multicultural setting.
The road to the future is tough and tricky. The path is not linear and the ground is not always solid. The young generation, therefore, should be taught how to embrace and be comfortable with change, to view stability with wariness, and to consider challenges as opportunities and not dead-ends.
We have to anticipate the future. Anticipate, because we have to look forward to it, and to view it with excitement and eagerness.