Why we need to imagine different futures

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Anab Jain. Why we need to imagine different futures

“What we are learning through such experiments and our practices, and the people we engage with is that creating concrete experiences can bridge the disconnect between today and tomorrow. By putting ourselves into different possible futures, by becoming open and willing to embrace the uncertainty and discomfort that such an act can bring, we have the opportunities to imagine new possibilities.” – Anab Jain, Futurist, Designer

TED Fellow Anab Jain shared at TED 2017 on some of the possible futures that we foresee using advanced technologies. Jain’s projects demonstrate the importance of fighting for the world we want.

However, to visualise and develop tools required for the creation of the futuristic machines showcased by Jain during her presentation, a university education is much needed. Universities and colleges provide learners with the necessary knowledge, critical-thinking skills and creative experience which are fundamental for the creation of a future we want.

Therefore, how can universities and industry better work together to create a learning and working environment that can help better prepare students for the future and equip them with the skills needed to create a future that they can be connected with, and would bring out positive consequences?

Join us at the upcoming QS WORLDCLASS 2018 from 16-18 April 2018 in Abu Dhabi, as we gather higher education leaders and key industry partners to participate in the discussion of “Changes in University/Industry Interaction”.