With the COVID pandemic, the new normal in education delivery in the long run will be blended learning using multiple technologies while also offering options for face-to-face learning. In many parts of the world this is becoming a reality with different ongoing experiments to evaluate different approaches.
Upcoming Graduates’ Career Trajectory Planning
According to the World Economic Forum – WEF, articulated recently by Harvard and Oxford Professor John Kay, there are six critical intelligences which include the following: Contextual Intelligence, Emotional and Social Intelligence, Ethical and Moral Intelligence, Technology and Digital Intelligence, Generative/Innovative Intelligence and Transformational Intelligence. Current graduates and post graduates need to upskill themselves, along with the relevant and appropriate technical skills to plan their future careers.
Online Learning’s Best Outcome
Under the current circumstances, students should have an open, positive and growth mindset to appreciate and make the best use of online learning. With the vast learning resources available online, students should be encouraged to explore various methods and options and apply the science of self-directed learning, effectively demonstrated by Dr. Sugata Mitra, through his historic “Hole in The Wall” experiment.
“Students preparing for global jobs and placements through the right management programs need to have balanced inputs with conceptual courses, along with technology courses and courses that develop their life skills”
Global Jobs And Placements Preparation Through Management Programs
Students preparing for global jobs and placements through the right management programs need to have balanced inputs with conceptual courses, along with technology courses and courses that develop their life skills. For example, a good business management program should have contemporary courses in business and management along with advanced courses in technology including Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things – IOT, Blockchain etc. in addition to these, students should have rigorous training on critical life skills including Emotional Intelligence, Ethics, Decision Making, Creativity and Design Thinking, Critical Thinking, Communication and Problem Solving.
Robotic Learning Technology Role In 2020 And Upcoming Innovations
The steps towards Digital Transformation in education had been a slow and gradual process prior to the pandemic. With some institutions embracing the latest advances in education technology (EdTech), many were slow to adapt and assimilate but when the pandemic hit in 2020 almost all institutions were forced to accept the various technology options. It also opened up a plethora of innovations using innovative technologies. Examples of this include AspectO which is an amazing, personalized AI and Ma-chine Learning product that enhances both classroom and online learning, through continuous evaluation that drives student engagement. Other notable examples are Kahoot, a gamified platform that makes learning fun and engaging and Khan Academy, which is one of the most versatile, agile learning platforms. In addition to these, tools which use mixed reality, personalized algorithms and holo-graphic and teaching robots have all become part and parcel of the evolution of learning.
Data Science, High Potential Employment Opportunity
Currently, there’s a huge dearth of qualified Data Science professionals, with the shortage of more than 250,000 professionals according to research by QuantHub. Hence, good courses in Data Science and Analytics can prepare students for exciting careers in this emerging field. There are interesting programmes which combine Data Analytics with Business Applications.
Is MBA a smart choice for students?
Even in the current scenario, investment in the right MBA program can reap rich dividends. For example, in a globalized VUCA world epitomized by Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity, the most appropriate options will be programs that provide opportunities to improve Global Intelligence, Cross Cultural Intelligence, Collaborative Intelligence and Technological Intelligence combined with exposure to the right life skills can transform the competencies of the 21st century global manager who can survive and thrive in an increasingly un-certain and challenging world.
Awards / Honorary Positions
• Twice Awarded “Best CEO in the World” in 2018 & 2019, by Indo – UAE Business & Social Forum
• Twice winner of the Education Leadership Award – World Leadership Congress 2015 & 2017
• Regularly Interviewed in leading TV & Media Channels like CNBC, Dubai Eye, Dubai TV etc.
• Regular News Columns and quotes in leading newspapers like Gulf News, Khaleej Times, The National, Times of India, Mumbai Mirror etc.
• Twice awarded “Outstanding Professional of the Year “by Junior Chamber Intl.