It will be entrepreneurs, not states or big corporations that will allow the world to emerge from the economic depression it has fallen into. But to be a successful entrepreneur, the students need to be highly educated and establish recognizable personality in the academic world.
Some university graduates are willing to pursue their personal careers while others might pursue initiatives to create jobs for others.
However, the aim of the university education goes beyond the limited boundaries of finding a job or starting a business and involves helping the student to search for the truth, personal development, and open new horizons.
An Education Focused on Real Life and Sector
The business world and students want an education closer to real life.
Increasing the emphasis on internships and projects in universities and increasing the number of co-op programs combining working life and education.
Due to the importance of international experience in the global world and the increase in students’ mobility, Cyprus West University establishes new relations with foreign institutions and other universities based on the principle of mutual win-win to support exchange and two or three partner programs as well as dual courses, minor programs.
Training Entrepreneur Focused Programme
Unemployment around the world is very critical (about 3 billion people want to work, but only 1.2 billion people are working.)
Employment opportunities must be created each year in developing countries. For example, 750 thousand new job opportunities have to be created each year for our country. The only way to achieve this is to create high value-added techno-initiatives. Universities should target entrepreneurs as well as research projects.
Cyprus West University is dedicated to offer a range of training programmes consisting of dual, minor, exchange, dual diploma and many elective courses, to assist the students to develop their personal competence and ability.
In the future, the quality and quantity of these alternative programs will hopefully increase in line with the demands of the new generation.
Artificial Intelligence and Distance Education
In the past, good teachers were equal to good education. However, today, with artificial intelligence training in some areas can give more successful results.
With the open-learning programs, 25 different teaching methods have been developed for the education of a course. The most effective method for each student can be determined by artificial intelligence.
Hybrid and New Course Models
Multi-registered open online courses are becoming increasingly popular. Many universities began to prefer hybrid models where on-line and off-line systems were blended in different ratios according to the subject and the course. In the model of education, the course shifts the part of the cognitive part which is easier before the lesson, to the off-line system, and the more difficult parts to the course and turns the role of the teachers into a mentor rather than a lecturer.
High-quality video broadcasts and holograms, which are expected to be used more effectively in the future, will add new dimensions to education in universities.
In the future, we will see more online training, more flipped training, more hybrid courses and more common courses.
Divisibility and Portability of Programs
A typical undergraduate program consists of 240 credits from the same university. In the future, however, the student may complete his first year at university A, second year at university B, and second semester with an exchange program at the C university in Europe. From the second semester of his third year, he can study at D university in China and in his fourth year in Canada or Dubai. Then he can graduate from the post-graduate program in the fifth year in New York. (Education can be completed in five universities, 3 continents, and 7 campuses.)
Transition and coherence between universities and programs will provide the most ideal educational models in the future and will reduce the inclination in developing countries and developed countries
Importance of Certificates and Badges instead of Diplomas
Today and in the future institutions will be recruited based on competence and skills instead of ‘classic university degree.’
The number of institutions which provide badges and certificates will increase and the education needs to be divided into small packages.
For example, the search for a “computer engineer” for a company which wants to develop an iPhone application or an Android application will not solve its problem.
The university student who differentiates himself makes the world different.
Training Model with Time Fluid
A strict academic calendar is currently being implemented. The training started in September is designed as 14 weeks, each program lasts 8 semesters. In the future, the student will be able to take the courses and the exam at any time (semester, day and time) according to his / her time schedule. Everyone will be able to get a bachelor’s degree in a longer period of time or in 3 or 2.5 years.