MOBILITY AND DIVERSITY : DEVELOPING GLOBAL CITIZENS
Disrupting the Diploma: The Rise of Short Courses in an Evolving Global Workplace
In today’s disrupted workplace, the challenges university graduates are facing in terms of securing a job are growing exponentially complex. With technology redefining what skills are necessary to clinch employment, and the return on investment of the high full-time tuition being questioned, students are increasingly opting for courses that are shorter in duration and more tailored to market needs. StudyPortals, an online search platform, reported in June that the number of students interested in English-taught short courses has seen a significant rise in the past four years, currently growing at over double the rate of traditional bachelor’s or master’s degree. They note this is part of an industry-wide trend to unbundle higher education degrees and provide more flexible and modular study paths for students. While full-time undergraduate degrees remain the gold standard, there is a significant push towards bolstering one’s CV with, say, a short-term course in project management or business administration as an alternative to a formal MBA, especially when today’s students want to minimize the time away from the workforce and don’t have the resources to relocate themselves, sometimes with families, to a new location. In addition, the reduced financial commitment helps boost inclusivity of a wider global student cohort eager to gain relevant skills.
1) Understand how the digitization of industries across the board and the resulting 'disruption' in the workplace have sparked a need for a university graduates with specific, defined skills
2) Comprehend how a student's view of a 'quality' education has veered from what a branded institution can offer, but to a more customer-based return-on-investment outlook. For example, how will this tuition translate into propelling my career forward?
3) Absorb what types of short courses students are seeking and whether more traditional graduate degrees such as MBAs and JDs are faring in this environment
4) Understand how education providers who can align certificates, degrees and rapidly-growing non-credit learning to the professional and social goals of learners will become the innovative brands of the future
Ms Anna Esaki-Smith
Director, Global Outreach
UC Berkeley Extension
Anna leads on international student recruitment as well as partnership development for the Extension division of one of the world’s most prominent public universities. Previously, she was Editorial Director for the British Council’s global higher education research service based in Hong Kong. She has degrees from Cornell and Columbia University.
Mr Patrick Colabucci
Director of Business Development,
UCLA Continuing Education,
Pat spent 20 years overseas teaching and managing ESL programs in China, Japan, the UAE and Saudi Arabia. He earned his BA in Government and Politics at the University of Maryland and his MA in Education with a focus on Teaching English as a Foreign Language at Temple University’s Tokyo campus.
Dr Kate Moore
Academic Internship Council (AIC),
Kate joined EUSA, the predecessor organization to AIC, in 2005, spearheading placements and programs in North America. Prior to that she served as Director of Internships for American University in Washington D.C. where she oversaw the placement of 1,200 student interns for all Washington-based programs, including six summer and 40 traditional semester programs each year. Kate has also worked with the Close Up Foundation as their Academic Outreach and Government Relations Manager. Kate holds a Doctorate in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania and has a Master's degree from Eastern University in Nonprofit Management and a Bachelor's degree from American University in International Studies.