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Digital Transformation for Institutes of

Higher Learning

Leaders in Asia Pacific’s education sector are showing urgency in embracing the 4th industrial revolution. 87% of them believe that they need to transform to enable future growth, yet only 23% said that they have a full digital strategy in place today. These are some of the key findings of the Microsoft Asia Digital Transformation Survey conducted in 2016 , which seeks to understand how education leaders are embracing the digital era to prepare a future ready workforce.

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The University

of The Future

External disruptive forces over which university stakeholders have limited control will shape the future of higher education. How will universities contribute to solving the challenges of the transformative age? And what would universities consider, today, to be ready to deliver truely transformative outcomes? To answer these questions, we reproduce extracts here from a study done by Ernst & Young Australia in their formal scenario planning process to assit university leaders and government policy makers in their planning to deliver the educational needs of tomorrow.

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Disruptive Forces Driving Change

- Extracted from University of the Future, Ernst & Young, Australia.

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Changing World of Work

Technology disruption is affecting the nature of employment and employability. As workplaces change, so does the requirements for graduates to be "Work Ready". The nature of work will be radically different, driven largely by the machine economy where robotics and machine learning take over repetitive and programmable human tasks and artificial intelligence augments human roles.

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Blurring Industry Boundaries

Non-traditional rivals offering new education services are increasing challenging the dominance in teaching and learning. Technology is driving convergence in almost every industry, as disruption reconfigures value chains and democratises information.

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Evolving Digital Behaviour

Digitisation is empowering learners by converting them into consumers of education services. As nearly every consumer activity shifts to the digital realm of web, mobile, social, mixed reality, digital natives are developing new radically different learning behaviours and expectations.

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Increasing International Competition

Global rankings, international mobility and global knowledge hubs will change the competitive landscape and open up new opportunities for learning. Students mobility is increasing as technological, political and demographic changes make internationalisation a strategic goal for many governments.

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Rise of Continuous Learning

Portfolio career and the need for workforce agility in the gig economy are increasing the demand for continuous learning that is self-directed, affordable and time crucial. The concept of lifelong learning is becoming a career necessity rather than discretionary luxury.

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Digital Transformation Strategies

Participating university leaders and Ernst & Young echoes the view the commercial and the disruptor university scenarios are the most likely to become reality. Both will require leaders to simultaneously reposition their institutions by converging with the industry, while also exploring new business models that can fend off new market entrants.

It is suggested that universities should consider the potential to:

- Embark on double transformation to optimise and grow
- Make the shift from being faculty-focused to learner centric
- Integrate with industry to co-create and collaborate
- Re-imagine the physical campus for the digital world
- Unbundle degree programmes and the university value chain

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Lithan's Digital Transformation Solutions for IHLs

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Competency Learning as a Service

CLaaS® is a mentor-ed blended learning platform delivering competency learning as a service for higher education students, working professionals and enterprises over the cloud, on-demand.

Leveraging onto advanced education technology with innovative work-integrated learning pedagogy, our learners progress from knowledge acquisition in the classroom to workplace skills application using real-world or simulated projects with personalised mentoring support from practitioner faculties.

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Competency Curriculum for Future Ready Skills

CLaaS® is aligned around a competency-based curriculum to deliver job-ready skills and competencies required by the industry. CLaaS® comprises of over 100 modular raining programmes to deliver digital skills for high demand future jobs in Digital Business, Innovation Management, Software Development, Systems Administrator, Applications Implementation, Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence.

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Integrated Work Study Pathway

Our affordable applied learning programmes fast tracks the learner into the workplace as early as 6 months after joining our programmes. Our learners acquire practical knowledge, apply their skills at the workplace, get exposed to new cultures and build international networks in an applied learning pathway where learning is work and work is learning.

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Competency & Skills Certification

We deliver interoperability in our applied learning pathway to deliver future ready multi-disciplinary talents with hybrid credentials including competency certifications from global technology vendors and academic degree from over 100 international universities.

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