According to the World Economic Forum, technology and globalization are significantly transforming work. However, education and training systems, having remained mostly static and underinvested in for decades, are largely inadequate for these new labour markets.
The objective of this accreditation is to distinguish those higher education (HE) institutions such as universities, colleges, schools and other tertiary education organizations that are adapting to the changing business environment and better preparing its students for the future of work.
Any university, college, school and tertiary education organization offering education in the HE sector (after high school), any degree (diploma, bachelor, master, PhD, etc.), public or private, from any country, offering classroom or online-based education can apply to this accreditation.
- Validate and endorsement by an independent institution such as The Transfer Institute that your HE institution is adapting or in the process of adapting to the changing business environment and better preparing its students for the future of work.
- Improve your HE institution reputation; thus, increased visibility and consideration of prospect students and other organizations.
- Differentiate your HE institution from fellows in the currently competitive business environment.
- Demonstrate commitment to the creation of the knowledge economy and the new derived international HE landscape.
- Join a growing community of accredited HE institutions that are ready for the future of work.
The Transfer Institute, as an independent body awarding accreditation, ensures that an HE institution comply with the below accreditation rubric. That is, a set of three quality standards and the criteria against which achievement of these standards will be measured.
Quality standard #1: Closing the skills gap
- According to the World Economic Forum, education and training systems need to keep pace with the new demands of labor markets that are continually challenged by technological disruption, demographic change, shifting business models and the evolving nature of work.
Criteria to get accredited
- A “Future of Work” accredited Higher Education Institution demonstrates adaptation to keep pace with the new demands of labor markets within its area of influence.
- 1.1. The institution is making efforts to understand skills demand.
- 1.2. The institution is working towards implementing education programs in the required skills.
- 1.3. The institution considers 4th industrial revolution topics and required skills.
- 1.1. Examples of market research efforts, interaction with industry, etc.
- 1.2. Availability of programs in the website; examples to proof program preparation.
- 1.3. Presence of 4th IR topics in the curriculum of the existing programs.
Quality standard #2: Promoting 21th century skills
- According to the World Economic Forum, to thrive in today’s innovation-driven economy, workers need a different mix of skills than in the past. In addition to foundational skills like literacy and numeracy, they need competencies like collaboration, creativity and problem-solving, and character qualities like persistence, curiosity and initiative. These skills are frequently called soft or 21st century skills.
Criteria to get accredited
- A “Future of Work” accredited Higher Education Institution demonstrates adaptation to embed 21st century skills in their curriculum.
- 2.1. The institution considers a framework of 21st century skills in their learning.
- 2.2. The institution includes 21st century skills in their learning.
- 2.3. Use of project-based learning as a vehicle to have a impactful, applied learning.
- 2.4. Use of educational technology.
- 2.1. References to the considered framework.
- 2.2. Examples of the different skills included in the learning.
- 2.3. Examples of project-based learning in the curriculum.
- 2.4. Examples of use of technology in the learning.
Quality standard #3: Enabling lifelong learning
- According to the Clayton Christensen’s Institute for Disruptive Innovation, there are a growing number of students who are finding themselves over- served by the augmented, bundled services that traditional institutions provide. They are looking for brief, targeted, and affordable lifelong-learning programs with flexible pacing.
Criteria to get accredited
- A “Future of Work” accredited Higher Education Institution demonstrates adaptation to offer adequate education to lifelong learners.
- 3.1. The institution intent to create brief, targeted, and affordable lifelong-learning programs with flexible pacing.
- 3.2. The institution customizes programs for adults, business and any non-traditional students.
- 3.3. The institution focuses on digital education as significant part of the lifelong learning (i.e. online or distance learning).
- 3.1. Examples of either existing programs or intent to create programs.
- 3.2. Examples of curriculum adapted to these targets.
- 3.3. Programs tend to follow the digital approach.
Gaining the certification
To gain the certification the institution must comply with at least 80% of the criteria, both overall and in all of the quality standards.
Validity of the accreditation
This accreditation is valid for two years. The Institution can renew it after this period.
How to get accredited
- First-time application to get the accreditation, review and credential issue: EUR 995
- Application to renew the accreditation every two years, review and credential issue: EUR 495
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