May 24, 2018
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Learning to Learn: Adapting to Continuous Workforce Disruption

As technology disruption and fundamental societal changes accelerate, today’s education model will not be enough for tomorrow. Asia has achieved much progress in education over the recent years; many more of its 1.7 billion young people are going to school, and Asian countries regularly dominate global math and science rankings. However, it appears this education is not adequately preparing them for the workforce.

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Forty-six percent of Asia's employers have reported having difficulties filling jobs.

The Future of Jobs, World Economic Forum, 2016

Nearly 50 percent of subject knowledge acquired during the first year of a four-year technical degree will be outdated by the time those students graduate, and 46 percent of Asia's employers have reported having difficulties filling jobs. Living and working longer magnifies these challenges. Today's 20-year-olds have a 50 percent chance of living to be more than 100 and will need to ensure they remain relevant to the workforce while working as long as 60 to 70 years.

Asia needs a new education model, "learning to learn", that will prepare its workforce for relevance and lifelong employability. This report covers the three major shifts, as well as the implications for various stakeholders in the required holistic ecosystem approach.