iPolitics: Are universities preparing students for the Fourth Industrial Revolution?
Post-secondary institutions are only one step in the education of young workers. Employees have entered a world of lifelong learning that will require ‘scaling-up’ of skills, he said. Faced with a labour market with fewer permanent full-time positions and more precarious employment, workers will also need to adjust to this reality.
“What universities try to do is help people learn to cope with change and be adaptable. To learn principles that are not limited to a particular technology,” said David Barnard, president of the University of Manitoba.
He said students are pushed to learn and work with new technologies while professors try to go beyond teaching just general ideas.