Employability, community engagement, and global citizenship

the new face of universities

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Abstract

The higher education sector is facing an unprecedented context which is challenging its identity, raison d’etre, and sustainability. Knowledge is now more accessible than ever before, and practical experience, adaptability, and digital literacy weigh more than degrees in the face of employers. In these circumstances, how are universities transforming themselves to remain relevant, necessary and sustainable? This question begs a multi-pronged analysis of the changing nature and role of higher education institutions. In this paper, I propose to shed light on the myriad challenges universities are facing and discuss how a combination of pedagogical, operational and community engagement strategies can radically transform the nature of higher education in order for it to flourish. I will discuss how universities’ role is to prepare future generations of ethically engaged, soft skills-equipped individuals, who invest in university education to develop a critical and meaningful understanding of a changing world, become life-long learners, and experience –not just read about—the relevance of the disciplines they are studying. I will suggest that universities need to shift their purpose from being knowledge generators and knowledge disseminators to becoming knowledge convenors that commit to working with the communities around them.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Conference on Social Sciences, Humanities, Economics and Law
Subtitle of host publicationEuropean Alliance for Innovation (EAI)
PublisherEuropean Alliance for Innovation
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781631901683
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventInternational Conference on Social Sciences, Humanities, Economics and Law (2018) - Padang, Indonesia
Duration: 5 Sep 20186 Sep 2018

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on Social Sciences, Humanities, Economics and Law (2018)
Abbreviated titleICONSHEL 2018
CountryIndonesia
CityPadang
Period5/09/186/09/18

Keywords

  • higher education
  • employability
  • future of work
  • community engagement

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    Amigó, M. F. (2019). Employability, community engagement, and global citizenship: the new face of universities. In International Conference on Social Sciences, Humanities, Economics and Law: European Alliance for Innovation (EAI) European Alliance for Innovation. https://doi.org/10.4108/eai.5-9-2018.2280978