Catalyst #3: I am shaping the future of research, teaching and work
Why this matters
At UBC, we have the opportunity to create a forward-looking, cutting-edge university that is nimble and flexible, and inspires us to find new and better ways to innovate. To do this well, we need to be highly strategic and intentional around changes that are coming, including in technology and Artificial Intelligence.
The majority of organizations surveyed for the World Economic Forum’s Future of Jobs 2018 Report indicate they will expand their adoption of technologies such as the internet of things, app- and web-enabled technologies, and cloud computing[i]. The university is focused on identifying possibilities and working together to integrate new ways of using technology to support research, teaching, learning, and work.
The way we approach research, teaching and work at the university will continue to evolve with changing expectations in the UBC community as well as society more broadly. As an ambitious post-secondary institution, UBC is well positioned to respond to these changes. Recognizing that many of today’s highly-sought-after jobs didn’t exist 10 years ago (such as App developer, Sustainability Manager, and Big Data Analyst[ii]), and that technology is already shifting the work people do at UBC (for example, robots are augmenting how UBC buildings are cleaned[iii]), we can create exciting career possibilities at UBC, now and in the future.
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