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What Will Our Students Need to Know?
Posted 10/03/2017 12:25PM


What Will Our Students Need to Know?


Technological change, globalization, and climate instability are happening at an accelerating pace all across the world. Artificial intelligence and automation are the engines driving much of the transformation in the workplace. Some experts even predict that 47 percent of today's jobs could be done by machines within a couple of decades. (Ed Week, September 2017) So what skills will students need to succeed in the uncertain, intensely competitive workplace of the future?


The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has done considerable work in this area. They believe that the key skills needed to be successful in 2020 are:

  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Creativity
  • People Management
  • Coordinating/Collaborating with Others
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Judgement and Decision Making
  • Service Orientation
  • Negotiation
  • Cognitive Flexibility


At the Educhange Conference in Melbourne this week, speaker after speaker talked about students and graduates needing the following skills:


  • Creativity and innovation
  • Problem solving
  • Resilience
  • Collaboration
  • Digital
  • Critical thinking


Our Nishimachi Graduate Statement gives details of the types of skills we believe will be important in 2030. It is good to know that our Graduate Statement is right on target when compared to the 2 sets of skills listed above.

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