Universities are putting greater resources into teaching students to be future-ready.

With the world’s leading institutions with campuses in the UAE offering future-ready curricula and educational programmes that prepare students for the workplace, the country’s higher education sector is witnessing a major transformation.

In the age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the employment landscape is fast evolving, forcing higher education institutions worldwide to examine new methods of teaching and learning to improve the employability of students.

“There is an increasing emphasis on developing career readiness and measuring employability outcomes in universities globally,” says Orsi Urban, Manager, Career Services and Cooperative Education at RIT University in Dubai, a technologically-focused American university.

With the world’s leading institutions with campuses in the UAE offering future-ready curricula and educational programmes that prepare students for the workplace, the country’s higher education sector is witnessing a major transformation.

“There was a lack of local talent in the UAE earlier,” says Dr Michael J. Kloep, Head of the Careers and Employability Service, Middlesex University Dubai, adding, “However, with the wide range of locally-based universities, educating students in various specialised fields including supply chain, digital marketing and robotics, organisations can find the right talent within the country.”

Along with universities, the UAE government is playing a lead role in setting global standards in the UAE and has taken several initiatives to assess the career readiness of graduates.

Urban says higher education institutions are also focusing on nurturing problem-solving, innovative and design thinking skills so that graduates are ready to enter the workforce not only by applying theoretical knowledge but also ready to contribute with soft skills and solution-oriented mindset to the job market.

Ready for any challenge

While technical skills are imperative, agrees Dr Raj Kapoor, Director of Recruitment at American University in Dubai (AUD), “Being prepared for the future is about more than technical know-how. Several studies suggest a need for soft skills — not limited to people skills — which include communication, negotiation, judgment, decision-making, analysis and critical thinking,” he says, adding that this is embedded in every degree programme at AUD.

Read more : Syed Ameen Kader : Gulf News : 27 November 2019
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