1. Student mobility will grow again
Last year, the Covid-19 pandemic drastically reduced the flow of cross-border international students in pursuit of higher education. However, in 2022, global student mobility is expected to rebound cautiously. We already know that some international students are willing to be vaccinated and quarantined in exchange for their experience of studying on campus and living abroad.
Others start a learning program in one country and then transfer to a campus in another country to continue their studies. The pandemic is by no means over, but student mobility in 2022 is likely to grow, and miss months of turmoil, vaccine availability, and comprehensive college experience.
2. The way we learn and teach changes
The pandemic has already made some changes in the way we teach and learn, and this will continue to gain momentum this year. First, the need for lifelong learning continues to grow, and learners’ own profiles are changing. For example, college students today do not necessarily have to be 18 years old, but they may be part-time college students or may be raising children. And for this new learner base, universities will be able to incorporate education with their daily lives, including pioneering new work-based learning such as apprenticeships, microcredentials, and intensive online programs for development. We will look for ways to make education more flexible. A specific skill set.
Second, the compulsory adoption of several pandemic educational methods, such as blended learning, has become established and will play an important role in the provision of education after 2022. The other is evaluation. This is because students need to adapt to the exam settings after being evaluated for at least a couple of years on a project or open book exam. Universities also need to think about how students should be evaluated.
And third, AI continues to automate certain tasks, such as homework and test scoring, allowing educators to focus on other quality tasks, such as spending more time with students. Tutoring and self-study programs are further advanced, and AI also plays an important role in admission procedures.
3. Increased industry-academia collaboration
Industry-academia collaboration has several advantages. It is to provide students and faculty with additional funding and resources to not only conduct research, but also to diversify their fields of study. They give the industry a view of what the next big opportunity will be, and access to talent, and society will benefit from a skilled workforce that can have a positive impact on the economy. In 2022, academia and industry will work together to identify key industry challenges and research gaps and find solutions. This will ultimately pave the way for commercialization. More and more universities will encourage student entrepreneurship and act as an industry-backed incubation hub.
4. The educational environment will be more competitive
The educational environment in the United Arab Emirates will be more competitive given the recent growth in this area. More universities have emerged, many of which are quite capable and highly competitive. Students will have more choices in higher education and will have more scholarships available. This can help fill the gap, as some students couldn’t afford to study and live in Dubai, as they did in the past. At the same time, education is more than just textbook knowledge. In the ever-evolving employment market, institutions need to be able to meet changing needs and equip students with the right soft and technical skills.
Institutions that pay much more attention to student overall growth emerge as winners than institutions that still focus solely on textbook learning. From new work-based learning such as apprenticeships, microcredentials, and intensive online programs to develop specific skill sets, to advocating for mental health and physical well-being, educational institutions offer students if they want to succeed. It should be able to provide developmental growth. A fiercely competitive landscape.
Professor Ammar Kaka is President and Vice-Principal of Heriot-Watt University Dubai.
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