Innovative education for the future job market

In 2017, the UK’s IPPR thinktank estimated that 44 per cent of jobs could be lost to automation.In such unprecedented times for the job market, how can you ensure that you are adequately qualified for tomorrow’s competitive employment arena?Dr Yousef Al Assaf, President of RIT Dubai university, believes that tailoring education for the future is essential for providing a relevant education for the modern job market. “We are not going to give you a degree with courses and exams and then send you to go and find a job,” he says. “In this region, students can spend a year just looking for a job or looking for a connection to find a job. This is unfair and doesn’t help the students, the community or the economy.”At RIT Dubai university, pupils cannot graduate until they spend at least six months working with a reputable international company. Students are encouraged to be industry facing and entrepreneurship and innovation skills are central to their education. The UAE has already taken a number of measures to ensure that is at the forefront of this employment revolution. Last month, the government launched its Think AI initiative. The initiative aims to accelerate the country’s adoption of AI – an industry estimated to reach $300 billion (Dh1.1 trillion) by 2026.

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