How universities can prepare workers for the coming technological tsunami

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An excerpt from an article written by Suzanne Fortier, principal and vice-chancellor of McGill University.  Dr. Fortier is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global University Leaders Forum and Canada’s Advisory Council on Economic Growth. Read in full at The Globe and Mail.

The change in the workplace is of such magnitude that many have likened it to a tsunami. At Davos this year, participants will be discussing technology-driven disruptions that are upending the marketplace: Uberization and the sharing economy, blockchain and cryptocurrencies, fintech and artificial intelligence. Equally important, we will also focus, under the theme of “Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World”, on the social disruptions that are creating an uncertain future for many people across the world.

The Global University Leaders Forum, a group that brings together 27 university leaders from around the world, has as one of its main items of discussion the following question: “How can universities be motors of social inclusion in the Fourth Industrial Revolution?”