Image of Robert Hamlet, Dr Kevin Swingler, Richard Lochhead MSP and Professor Alison Green
The flexibility offered by a university education was highlighted to policymakers during an event at the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday (30 October).
University of Stirling representatives met with MSPs at a reception, organised by Universities Scotland to promote the dynamic and transferable skillset that higher education can give to students.
The University of Stirling works closely with employers to equip graduates with the necessary skills to adapt to a fast-paced workplace.
Dean for Teaching Quality Enhancement Professor Alison Green said: “Advances in technology are changing the world around us, so it’s impossible to accurately foresee what the workplace will look like in 20 years’ time.
“That is why it’s important that we prepare our future leaders and innovators by giving them the skills needed to respond to this challenge.
“By working in partnership with employers and industry, and embedding work-based and work-related learning, we can be confident that a University of Stirling education allows our graduates to navigate the economic and social challenges of the future, whatever is in store”.
One example of successful collaboration with employers is the MSc Big Data course, which responds to the challenges presented by an increasingly data-driven economy.
Developed in partnership with global and local companies (including HSBC and Amazon), the course features a work-based project, usually in partnership with a company or technology provider, giving students a first step into their data science career.