The importance of investing in students’ capabilities

Study International | August 21, 2019

A necessity for universities the world over, investing in students’ capabilities is a fundamental focus for any educator. By investing in a learner’s future, these institutions simultaneously advance the prosperity and progress of the planet. It’s no longer an option to be stuck within traditional frameworks of learning. Instead, employers seek students with global minds and skills that fit nicely into the future of work. In line with the latest International Labour Organization (ILO) report, named Work for a Brighter Future: Report of the Global Commission on the Future of Work, one of the three main pillars of action is ‘Increasing investment in people’s capabilities’. Transferring the prospect to the global education sphere, there are four key points universities should consider while restyling their syllabus or boosting their international student outreach with a curriculum overhaul.

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WGU, designed as a competency-based institution from its founding, has a corresponding business model that is distinct from most other institutions. All organizations—whether for-profit or nonprofit—have a business model, which is more than just the revenues and expenses that define how an organization stays afloat financially.

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WGU, designed as a competency-based institution from its founding, has a corresponding business model that is distinct from most other institutions. All organizations—whether for-profit or nonprofit—have a business model, which is more than just the revenues and expenses that define how an organization stays afloat financially.

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