In a recent STEM Seminar, Professor Medhat highlighted the importance of STEM which accounts for 43% of UK GDP. Also, he stated that it is crucial to innovation and growth.
There has been extensive discussion about STEM skills shortages in recent years. In recent CBI survey, 42% of respondents stated that recent engineering, IT and technical recruits did not meet reasonable expectations for levels of skill.
Professor Medhat stated “outdated skills are still taught in the classroom, new technology is often ignored”. With the rapid proliferation of new technologies, this poses an enormous challenge for our education system: how do we prepare students in a landscape that is constantly evolving for a future that is difficult to predict? What courses should colleges offer to students in order to keep up to date with the technology advancement? The world of work is changing, and the pace of change is accelerating. The internet of things and cloud computing have transformed many industries. In coming decades, areas such as robotics, digital fabrication, biotechnology and genomics will further revolutionise the way we live and work.
Curriculum leaders discussed and suggested on what future courses should be offered to students in the London STEM Seminar. This includes: