The implications of emerging technologies in the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR) are that there is a growing demand for new skills and competencies required for strategic economic sectors in the UAE. To meet the need for new skills, the aim is to build an inclusive and competitive knowledge-based economy.
In addition, the UAE Employment Strategy highlights the need for a lifelong learning framework to reskill those with at-risk jobs, as well as an increased focus on private sector employment, particularly for females.
Therefore, a new, life-long learning culture is required to respond to the fast and flexible acquisition of skills needed now and in the future, to support leading economic growth sectors.
HCT has taken on the challenge by refocusing its attention on employability and competency based education, particularly for ‘New Collar’ workers, in collaboration with the private sector and government authorities, and offering specific up-skilling and re-skilling programs.
The patterns shaping higher education indicate that pure academic qualifications will be insufficient to meet the demands of the workplace, and that graduates will need to be able to demonstrate to employers applied skills and competencies through a broad range of micro-credentials.