Education and the Future of Work

This Study of the US Institute (formerly 'Youth, Education and Closing the Skills Gap') explores how technology, the job economy, and skills-based education are interconnected in US. The Institute will expose participants to global issues in the context of the future of work by examining educational, social and economic trends.

Using an interdisciplinary approach, the academic program will examine the role of U.S. educational institutions, particularly community colleges, in preparing Americans with the skills needed to succeed in multiple industries and sectors including business, technology, science, higher education, the creative arts and other fields.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • communication
  • entrepreneurship
  • globalization and urbanization
  • innovation and technology
  • organizational development and management
  • skills development
  • reskilling and retraining

The Institute will also provide opportunities for participants to engage with educational and industry leaders through site visits around the greater Boston metropolitan area.  A study tour to a different region in the US will explore the theme from a different perspective.  The programme will end in Washington DC where all participants for all Institutes will gather for a closing forum.  During this forum, students will have an opportunity to network, discuss action plans, and engage in conversation.   

Applications are due: 12 January 2020. Please see the How to Apply page for further instructions on the application process.

The Institute will take place early July to early August 2020.  The host institution is the University of Massachusetts, Boston. We will post updates on the website as they become available.