SRM University AP, Minerva Innovative Higher Education Platform to Boost Employability

New Delhi: SRM University, AP, a world-class university, partners with Minerva, a leading educational innovator, to roll out the next-generation, high quality, transformational global education program to deliver affordable, active personalised learning, making students future-ready with new-age skills like critical, creative thinking, communications and collaboration to boost employability.

A comprehensive reinvention of pedagogy, curriculum, and the class environment – the innovative education system is focussed on advancing the intellectual development of each student. The active learning aided by technology, cognitive insights on how the brain learns, and agile interdisciplinary curriculum, engages students personally, nurturing leadership through discovery and interaction.

Focused on learning outcomes, project-based, hands-on learning, the systematic curriculum, ensures that assignments become challenging at each step with a focus on real practical, knowledge. The aim is to equip students with positive, human-edge, being agile and adaptive to a fast changing world.

Built upon seven years of development and decades of research into the science of learning, the novel education system includes unique pedagogy, intentionally scaffolded curriculum design, and proprietary Forum technology – designed to offer fully active learning classes in real time. The Minerva network has a global footprint as it caters to students coming from over 179 countries besides US.

As per the World Economic Forum the future of jobs report, higher cognitive ability such as creativity, logical reasoning, and problem solving, will be required in jobs in 2020. More than 50% of jobs which require this ability do not require it today or only to a smaller extent. This is vital as 65 percent of tomorrow’s workers will have completely new jobs that don’t yet exist today with the advent of advanced Artificial Intelligence, changing what students need to learn, and how they learn it.

Qualified human resources are the key propellant for accelerating the national economic growth. Being the youngest nation, with a more than 65% its human resource pool below 35 years and about 12 million individuals expected to join the workforce annually, India is sitting at the cusp of an enormous responsibility of equipping the youth with skill that matter and boost employment. Yet, as per a UNDP study about 50% of applicants appearing for interviews either do not meet the skills requirement or only a few may possess required skills to meet basic requirement of employers.

Significantly, a NASSCOM report points that about 40 percent of India’s workforce needs re-skilling over next 5 years, to keep pace with digital disruptions transforming every sector. CEOs and industries are waking up to the reality of widening skill gaps and the ever-increasing demand of skilled workforce.

Commenting on this partnership, Mr. Jamshed Bharucha, Vice Chancellor, SRM University, AP-Amaravati said, “This is a great new leadership development option for the world’s smartest young people, rooted in the reinvention of the ends and means of higher education. SRM University, AP, Amaravati is committed to innovations in teaching futuristic skills to help students succeed in the age of Business 4.0 and drive human progress. Adoption of this Innovative Platform for the four first-year courses is a leap forward toward a brighter future as it disrupts the obsolete and discredited system of memorizing notes, and instead produces true learning, articulate communication and practiced discussion skills. Only skill that will be relevant in future will be the skill of learning new skills – being creative, critical and sensitive – how students might use their imagination to transform the world.”

Combining an innovative teaching methodology, an advanced educational technology called Forum, and a structured, modular curriculum the Minerva system has been intentionally designed with a relentless focus on student learning outcomes. By emphasizing active class engagement, deliberate practice, and other empirically proven methods, the system teaches students critical and practical skills, and how to apply those skills in diverse and changing contexts.

For sure, the next decade will be disrupting the world of education. To succeed nations can’t be passive on the face of this revolution and lead the students to develop futuristic skills that matter and their chosen paths throughout their lives – playing, experimenting, and creating value for the world at large.

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