The traditional university course is poorly suited for our future.
By Ujjwal Singh
Courtesy of Multiverse.
The university model is failing students for three reasons. Traditional education imparts knowledge, but not skills or behaviours; it offers only a single shot of learning; and it happens in the classroom, not in the real world.
This time last year, we hadn’t experienced the novelty of using ChatGPT as a virtual assistant, the world’s biggest tech companies weren’t yet scrambling to launch their own competitors, and the general public hadn’t conceived of how transformative the technology could be to their lives.
Universities lead so much research into fast-growing technology, and academia is so paramount in its development, yet these same institutions often lag behind when it comes to teaching students how to apply it. University students are on the same courses, working from the same syllabi, and sitting the same exams as their contemporaries have sat – sometimes for decades – even through this age of extraordinary transformation.