The University has a promising future

This week's must-read stories

By Karina Fuerte

"No matter what they say... The University has a promising future"
That was the message that Ricardo Rivero OrtegaSalamanca University Rector —an institution that this year celebrates eight hundred years of its foundation— gave during his speech at the IV International Rectors' Meeting Universia 2018. A meeting that brought together 700 rectors and deans from more than 600 universities

Which competencies are most in demand among employers around the world?
The boom in competency-based education has led to the generation of multiple studies focusing on the relevance of the skills and competencies that future professionals are expected to develop at the university level.Universities should include soft skills in their programs as employers around the world give more and more importance to these abilities. 

How important is your first job? A study reveals the impact of underemployment
Burning Glass Technologies, a labor analytics company, together with Strada Education Network, published the first results of a study that attempts to decipher the relationship between work and education. In this first delivery, they focus on underemployment

Generation Z prefers learning on YouTube, says Pearson study
A new research undertaken by Pearson revealed some of the preferences, attitudes, and behaviors of young people regarding the role of technology in educationGeneration Z seems to choose to learn through platforms like YouTube rather than instruction in classrooms.

A new non-profit association is born to promote Flipped Learning
For many, Flipped Learning means merely to review videos before class activities. However, its methodology is much more extensive. The Academy of Active Learning Arts and Sciences (AALAS) aims to standardize and refine Flipped Learning and Active Learning methods.

What we are reading

  • The State of Innovation
    A survey of 677 corporate strategy leaders globally provides a first-ever data-driven understanding of corporate innovation and the characteristics of great innovators. (CB Insights)

  • The Criminalization of Knowledge
    Judith Butler on why the struggle for academic freedom is the struggle for democracy. (The Chronicle Higher Education)

  • Why AI Isn’t the Death of Jobs
    As it turns out, companies using AI to drive innovation are more likely to actually boost employment. (MIT Sloan Management Review)

  • Lifelong Learning Will Prepare Students For Jobs That Don’t Yet Exist
    News flash: The future is murky. But by introducing a broader and creative array of stackable and professional credentials, universities can keep pace with the changing demands of the labor market. (The EvoLLLution)

  • The Mindsets of a Leader
    One of the most revealing questions leaders can ask themselves is “Whom do I serve?” Their answers to that question say more about their style of leadership than their personality traits does. (MIT Sloan Management Review)

  • Health tips for research groups
    Nature asked scientists to recommend one thing that institutional and laboratory leaders could do to make science more productive, rigorous and happy. (Nature)