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Post-COVID Needs of Society and Students

Post-COVID Needs of Society and Students

October 27, 2020

Dear WinkWorld Readers,

As some of you know, I am on the South Dakota Board of Regents, and in that role, I read and think a lot about the rapidly changing needs of society and higher education.  Our future seems to be accelerating.  Fast change is inevitable.

In the last 6 months I have read lots of articles about the future, but two books, in particular, really ring true for me: First, 21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari, and second, Ten Lessons for A Post-Pandemic World by Fareed Zakaria.

Our grandson, Luke, age 22, is an avid reader and has read much on this topic also. In fact, he has been reading Harari for months and encouraging me to do so, too.  I finally took his advice. I am now a new fan of Harari, as I have been of Zakaria.

It’s true: Luke and I really do not know the future, but in what follows we attempt to capture our learning by highlighting 5 categories of change, which will affect universities, students, and all of us.

First, DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION, and to be ready,  universities need to focus on:

Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Sciences

Machine Learning

Engineering

Biotech – Bioengineering

Agriculture – Precision Ag

Machines which augment humans

All things cyber and digital

Math – Chemistry – Physics

Business/Economics/Entrepreneurial

 

Second, HEALTHCARE, and to be ready, universities need to focus on:

Preventative Medicine

Medical Devices

Medical AI

Telehealth

Nurses and Doctors

 

Third, the ENVIRONMENT, and to be ready, universities need to focus on:

Climate Sciences

Environmental Engineering

Sustainability

 

Fourth, EDUCATION, and to be ready, universities need to focus on:

Readers/writers/thinkers/educators for the future

Emphasize STEM and STEAM

Relearning

Arts – History – Humanities

(STEM = Science, technology, engineering, math)

(STEAM = Science, technology,, engineering, arts, math)

 

Fifth, SOCIAL SCIENCES, and to be ready, universities need to focus on:

Diversity/Inclusion

Social Justice

Demographic Changes

Title IX/Feminism/Cultures

 

Thank you, Luke Wink-Moran.  What a great time we had reading, thinking, and writing about these two books.  We look forward to your input on our delicate, fragile new ideas.

Everyone is a reader

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 Comments

  • Sharon Whitehead-van Loben Sels

    Thanks Joan and Luke! Looks like these 2 books will have to join my library. Have either of you watched the Netflix special documentary, “The Social Dilemma”? It is a MUST SEE.

    • Joan Wink

      “The Social Dilemma” on Netflicks. A MUST-see: As long as you put it that way, Sharon, I will definitely watch. Thanks.
      Thanks for the resource.

  • harry john naasz

    Joan…

    very interesting! and good on Luke for reading these.
    as gov’t-history major, i’d include these categories for obvious reasons…Victor Davis Hanson, classicist and all-round smart guy, should be on anyone’s reading list…

    Mobridge-Pollock, undefeated, so far in fb! play Thomas More on Thursday…

    h

    • Joan Wink

      Vicor Davis Hanson: Thank you. Will check him out for sure. Always love to hear from you, Harry.
      Joan

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