Success Project

Predictions are that the world of work will look very different in the next two decades. Students currently studying at universities will very likely begin their careers towards 2030. It seems inevitable that technology such as artificial intelligence (AI) and robots will replace many humans in undertaking routine tasks. At the same time, climate change and decreased biodiversity will create substantial global challenges. Young people therefore need to be equipped with tools to navigate a world of disruptions and change. Universities are also facing more challenges than ever before, with issues related to internal and external funding and teaching loads, raising questions about the teaching and research environment and how the development of new teaching and learning approaches will fit into this framework. A new challenge has emerged when enhancing students' competencies and skills, namely the fast growth of AI tools such as ChatGPT. While using this tool (and others like it) may be a necessary new skill needed in future working life, it must also be carefully managed given that if poorly managed, it presents a threat. Finally, utilising experiential learning approaches and methods as one solution to the employability challenge cannot be the sole responsibility of lecturers. It is critical that they must be supported by strategic decisions made at the highest level of universities, faculties, colleges, and departments. Universities with their faculties, colleges, departments, and institutional units such as career services must therefore all be involved. 52 100