Who is ready for the upcoming wave of automation?

This week's must-read stories

By Karina Fuerte

Who is ready for the upcoming wave of automation? A new report reveals the top 25 countries prepared for the rise of the robots
South Korea, Germany and Singapore are the most prepared nations for the coming wave of automation, according to a new report by The Economist. The report "The Automation Readiness Index (ARI): Who Is Ready for the Coming Wave of Innovation?" assesses how well-prepared 25 countries are for the challenges and opportunities of intelligent automation.

The 10 best universities in the New Europe
Through 13 different indicators, the Times Higher Education evaluates universities learning environment, volume and quality of research, and internationalization of 10 universities from the last countries that joined the European Union. The University of Tartu, founded in 1632, tops the list. 

Analytics is a priority for higher education leaders
A survey of college leaders reveals that both institutional and learning analytics are an essential part of the educational strategy. Among the surveyed were provosts, presidents, CFOs and CIOs. Sixty-one percent of them said that they have an analytics program at their college or university.

Pierre Dubuc on the OpenClassrooms model, in an interview for the Observatory
Pierre Dubuc, co-founder and CEO of OpenClassrooms, talked with the Observatory about the features that make the OpenClassrooms platform unique, the role of the teachers as mentors, and the future of work and online education.

5 Google Cloud specializations debut in Coursera
Up to 375 million workers will need to change jobs by the year 2030. Automation will demand the acquisition of new skills and abilities. Google aims to instill these new skills with the launch of five new Google Cloud programs that aim to prepare students to build secure infrastructures in the cloud, transform data into business value and boost the potential of machine learning.

Science and Art: The Perfect Learning Encounter
The integration of the arts in the STEM educational model, transforming it in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) intends to encourage creativity in the teaching of science. As teachers, we can use this model to develop curiosity and artistic skills in our students to support their learning process.

iLEAD, a unique project-based learning school
iLEAD charter schools are among the few schools to have an educational project-based learning program up and running; Students learn by solving real problems, supported by teachers (called facilitators), to develop skills of the 21st-century jobs. Their success has been significant.

What we are reading

  • Go to college, on and off, for life
    The graduate business school at the University of Michigan is offering alumni lifetime rights to return for refresher classes for free. "It's a lifetime partnership between the university and the person. We can help them retool before their job is destroyed." (Axios)

  • Retraining and reskilling to ease the strain of automation
    Economist Michael Spence talks about the role the public and private sectors need to play in helping people prepare for changes in the workforce. (McKinsey & Company)

  • Study: Colleges That Ditch The SAT And ACT Can Enhance Diversity
    A new study finds that scores on those tests are of little value in predicting students' performance in college, and raises the question: Should those tests be required at all? (NPR)

  • The role of education in AI (and vice versa)
    Princeton’s head of computer science, Jennifer Rexford, ask us to flip the question around and ask, “What is AI not good at?” —in other words, “What are humans good at? (McKinsey & Company)

  • The next great workplace challenge: 100-year careers
    Scientists expect people to live routinely to 100 in the coming decades. If a child were starting school today, what skills would he or she ideally learn in order to be ready for a century-long career? (Axios)

  • MOOCs are a solution in search of a problem
    Workers in the 21st century will need to upskill multiple times, but all MOOCs face the same doubt: will any employer take them seriously? (Times Higher Education)

  • U.K. Unveils $1.4 Billion Drive Into Artificial Intelligence
    In prioritizing AI, Britain joins several other nations that see the emerging technology as central to their future place in the world, such as China. (Bloomberg)