Boosting employability is the biggest motivator for students completing higher education degrees yet many universities have traditionally argued their role is not to serve labor demands but to “educate”.

However, with student debts increasing alongside the cost of university, the need to be assured a good job at the end of a course is becoming more pressing. Labor automation and the changing nature of work were concerns before the pandemic, but now upheaval to the global economy over the last 12 months has added to the challenge of securing graduate level jobs.

So how should universities prepare students for the world of work post-pandemic and how should that be reflected in their delivery models and course offerings?

Join THE's Sara Custer and Miranda Prynne as they discuss these questions with Anton Muscatelli, principal and vice-chancellor at the University of Glasgow and Nancy Gleason, associate professor of practice of political science and director of the Hilary Ballon Center for Teaching and Learning at New York University (NYU) Abu Dhabi.


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