How certain European universities are leading the way in innovation

Study International | April 01, 2019

How certain European universities are leading the way in innovation
What role do universities play in a contemporary world? Higher education institutes have long been known as hubs of knowledge of production and a means of gaining a respected qualification. But today, universities play a much bigger and more important role: preparing students for diverse roles in their future, whether it’s academic or professional. Stakeholders and partners have growing concerns over whether universities are developing students with the skills and competencies needed to thrive in the digital era.Students want more bang for their buck and expect to graduate well-prepared to take on their respective disciplines and succeed in a competitive world. Therefore universities, and even schools, are being urged to become ‘innovators’ – a popular buzzword in the education landscape – searching for new ways to engage and develop student minds. But what does it really mean and what are the best ways to do it?A new report released by the European University Association (EUA) used case studies of European universities as examples innovative methods that address these pertinent concerns.

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Over the last 8 years of shooting Discovery Channels Hit show, Dirty Jobs, Mike Rowe became increasingly concerned over the skills gap in the United States. Each year millions of skilled trade jobs go unfilled as our country continues to push a traditional 4 year degree.