Nurturing Future-Ready Graduates and Lifelong Learners

The 4th Industrial Revolution will be “characterized by a range of new technologies that are fusing the physical, digital and biological worlds, impacting all disciplines, economies and industries, and even challenging ideas about what it means to be human.” [1]  It will reshape how we think about work, what constitutes work, and how we learn and develop the skills required for work in the future. It will also reshape higher education fundamentally, raising the question: What does it mean to be an educated person?

Technological disruption is compounded by current global and societal challenges. Graduates will have to adapt to several career changes over their lifetime, requiring fundamental re-education, whilst the relentless speed of innovation will constantly demand them to acquire new knowledge and skills just to remain relevant in their jobs. But while the disruption brings about profound challenges, it also opens up new opportunities that can have a transformative impact on the economy and society.

In addition to having deep knowledge in specific disciplines, we need to develop future-ready graduates equipped with cross-disciplinary competencies to become lifelong learners and culturally adaptable global citizens. They will need to be adept at reflecting on their experiences and to learn, conceptualise and experiment with new ideas as part of an ongoing experiential learning process. 

Thus, our mission in educating NTU students is not just about preparing them to secure their next job, but for them to be adequately equipped and positioned for lifelong success, so as to have a positive impact on the economy, society and world at large.

[1] The Fourth Industrial Revolution by Klaus Schwab []

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