For well over two decades, I’ve been curious to help reduce the school-to-work transition and to reform the education system with innovative solutions. Today, I remember my sequences of bizarre interviews with a broad sample group of Line of Business Managers, HR Professionals and C-Level Executives back in 1997 for my thesis: “Graduate recruiting on the internet”. It was actually one of the reasons I went into business exploring new technologies that drive digital content, specifically with the belief that one day I could hopefully have enough experiences, influence and resources to make a positive difference.
While I was fortunate enough to have parents that allowed me to access quality education and later supported me to attend top universities across Europe and the US, it always struck me that the education system was increasingly theoretical and boring. I strongly believe we need to transition from a 20th century approach heavily reliant on conventional learning to a 21st century curriculum focused on:
- digital and multidisciplinary collaboration,
- critical thinking,
- creative problem solving through action or experiential-learning
- better and broader connected teachers to industry vs. simply focusing on teaching non-practical related skills.
For young talent to be prepared for tomorrows’ even faster paced world, we must ensure that compassion for solving challenges is taught in every classroom and provide students with sufficient experiences solving challenges and an opportunity to acquire skills they need to obtain the jobs that are and will be vs. the jobs that once were.
Above all else, I believe that university business collaboration must focus – significantly more, on successfully preparing future generations with quality challenge-based education in a joint approach.
I’ve thankfully had the opportunity to stay involved in the world of education ever since I graduated. However, it wasn’t until we founded TELANTO that I realised that education was only one part of the equation, and that conventional education without access to a industry collaboration with contemporary technologies was incomplete.
TELANTO’s fundamental value proposition is connecting company challenges to students all over the world. I am proud to say that in a relatively short period of time we’ve made significant progress in this area, thanks to the many co-innovation initiatives with academia, industry and students. We are now at a point in which we can onboard the global student community onto TELANTO to help them “learning by solving” real company challenges, find a job and be more successful in their studies and future career paths.
However, there is much more work to be done than just matching universities and businesses as many of these opportunities will remain far out of reach for talented individuals without access to education.
When I look at TELANTO’s Academic Business Cloud and Network respectively, I see a fast growing best-in-class collection of high-quality course offerings that are focused on collaborating with industry to provide skilfully crafted solutions that make it possible for any company to easily and effectively access and manage innovation and talent on demand.
@ TELANTO, we follow the university business collaboration space very closely, rooted in the conviction that today’s manual “knowledge and talent transfer” practices are in need to progress through digital means that help to scale relationships and make them more meaningful, accessible and sequential.
When someone asks me for advice on how to go about realising a better university business collaboration, I always make sure to leave them with three suggestions. First, know your university / industry alliances and what you get out of it – defeat silo-thinking and in-transparencies. Second, be open to change, because in a knowledge-driven economy, it’s all about being curious. And finally, there is no learning without action and no action without learning.
The world we are living in moves too quickly to rest on the knowledge we gained earlier in our lives. TELANTO will ultimately help make the third point a reality for every member of our global Academic Business Network.