Technology is changing the way we work. Yet, across Europe, there is a growing skills mismatch, with over 40% of Europeans lacking even basic digital skills according to the 2020 Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI). As routine tasks are being increasingly automated, is it also time to change the way we learn?
Traditionally, education has been the stage in our lives before work. However, in the 21st century, it’s not uncommon for a person to change careers entirely over the course of their lives. Likewise, technology is developing at such a pace that skills constantly need updating and refreshing. Do we need to rethink our approach to education? What would anywhere, anytime education look like in practice?
We put some of YOUR questions on this topic to a panel of experts:
💬 Alessandro Fusacchia, Italian Member of Parliament & Friends of Europe European Young Leader (EYL)
💬 Michael Gaebel, Director of Higher Education Policy at the European University Association (EUA)
💬 Liz Shutt, Director of Policy at University of Lincoln and Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership
💬 Brikena Xhomaqi, Director at Lifelong Learning Platform (LLP)
Interested in how ‘anywhere, anytime’ education systems can support the green digital transition? Read Friends of Europe’s report, “Connected Europe: A digital brand for a just transition”, which presents the results of a year-long pan-European study supported by Vodafone. The report explores how policymakers and industry can work better together to boost Europe’s connectivity and foster a transformation that is both sustainable and fair, and one that builds resilient communities, societies and economies. All while ensuring that citizens are at the heart of the debate.
Are universities fit for the 21st century? Should they promote a lifelong learning approach, with people constantly upskilling throughout their careers to keep up with new technology? How can people take a lifelong learning approach when they have to juggle a full-time job, family, and other commitments at the same time? Let us know your thoughts and comments in the form below and we’ll take them to policymakers and experts for their reactions!