Last week key strategists in education, government and business from across Australia and around the globe, met at the ADC Forum’s Frontiers in Education Summit to grapple with issues surrounding the future of Australia’s tertiary education landscape.
In an exciting development for education, Ducere’s founder, Mathew Jacobson as chairman of the summit joined other key leaders in launching a taskforce created to assess the efficiency and viability of the tertiary space into the future.
The working group, which is backed by the commonwealth and Victorian governments, will also examine the challenges that face TAFEs and universities.
The taskforce has also put forward the need to tighten relations between education and industry and the learning that takes place in curriculums to ensure graduates are job-ready upon entering the workforce; a key component of Ducere’s education offering.
A key debate that emerged from the conference was the need for academic learning to align with the skills graduates need in the work place, in addition to whether universities should become specialists rather than generalists to see Australia remain competitive on a global scale.
“A key benefit of the taskforce is that it will bring together academia, leading business, state and federal governments and innovators – key groups of influence in ensuring the future sustainability of the education model,” Mr. Jacobson said.
Mathew Jacobson a key driver of innovative education avenues across Australia will join other leaders such as Ducere’s board member, Josh Liberman, former media buyer, Harold Mitchell, Monash University’s chancellor Alan Finkel, and Tony Barrett, general manager of SEEK Learning, in addition to representatives from business, government, universities and TAFE.
Mr. Jacobson committed to ensuring education meets the needs of students in achieving their career goals into the future notes that it is integral for students to have access to the industries they desire to work in prior to graduating.