The Future Of Universities: Skilled Workforce Outsourcing Perspective

Enrolling in a top university or college is a dream for every student. The inspiration to get admission into an ‘Ivy League’ university implies hard work. The outcome, of course, is almost guaranteed employment and high salary .

The down side is the cost of learning and spending years in college before graduating to acquiring skills not matching to the demands of the industry. For example, if you wish to pursue a career in law and aspire to become an attorney – law school is not going to teach you about information technology (IT)! Rather, a quick glance at the curricula at any American Bar Association (ABA) accredited law school in the United States does not have specialization in the field of IT.

With that said, a graduating lawyer would then need to spend extra time, effort, and money to acquire IT skills. The same analogy can be applied to other professions such as medicine. The role of IT is now in a symbiotic relationship with every profession, yet universities are not integrating this specialization among its course offerings.

Another dilemma is the fact that companies are outsourcing work at cheaper rates to people who have skills, and may not have the required university degree! After all, for any business enterprise, growing sales with reduced labor costs is an optimal scenario and objective. Billions of dollars worth of work is being outsourced – and the trend seems to be exponentially growing. While this provides healthy competition, the world being a global village implies more competition as well – especially for new graduates.

Within this new virtual world, there are no borders or boundaries. Clients may not have any idea about the work location and the actual person performing the work. Similarly, projects may be executed in one country, and the back-end work may be performed in yet another nation. Technology seamlessly connects and ties everything together in a transparent manner – thanks to cloud computing technologies!

Technology, therefore is now intertwined with almost every realm including education. Students must be able to equip themselves with latest IT skill set in order to remain competitive in today’s global marketplace. As on-demand learning piggy backs on the cloud computing technologies, universities may find difficult to retain students!

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