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The coronavirus pandemic has caused significant changes in higher education. Higher education includes general, technical or professional education, which requires a level of training higher than or equal to the baccalaureate or its equivalent. During the moments of confinement, the research laboratories were closed, the courses were given remotely, and the students and staff, unaccustomed to this mode of operation, were forced to adapt despite the rise in social inequalities, xenophobia and student mental health issues. .
Almost two years after the lockdowns, higher education becomes more than necessary to focus on other future eventualities, given the socio-economic needs of the world: economy and community. Not only has the pandemic reoriented higher education, but the challenges and issues related to the evolution of audiences and the strong presence of digital are now forcing the university to set new objectives and different methods based on the innovation using technological tools.
Moreover, higher education today cannot be done through traditional methods due to the many challenges. More and more young people are looking for training. It is more than a necessity for higher education to be open to a greater number of young people. In order to understand the new challenges in education, it is necessary to analyze the offer of distance education, taking into account the number of students above the capacity of universities and the part-time work of students. .
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One of the important challenges of higher education today is to reduce the failure rate and the new expectations of the knowledge society and the knowledge economy. Furthermore, promoting equal opportunities and allowing the mastery of new technologies are fundamental challenges for education in 2022.
New higher education reforms in 2022
Today, in many countries, including France, students’ studies are financed in such a way as to increase equality of opportunity, which is one of the most important issues in higher education. We are also multiplying training and courses and awarding many more scholarships, making it possible to reduce the number of failures in the first years of the baccalaureate. We are also increasing funding for research, which is very important for technical progress and necessary for development. Thanks to research and innovation, companies create much more easily and have the possibility of having qualified and competent researchers.
Higher education must be adapted to new challenges; it is impossible to develop as in the past. Research, which represents one of the highest priorities of universities, is the subject of great innovation. Indeed, the use of new technologies stems from the latest reforms and innovations in higher education. Students and entrepreneurs have many more opportunities.
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Higher education in the face of new technologies is an opportunity for entrepreneurs
Today, the university is not only in its physical space but also in the digital world with new technologies, but the university also creates an identity in the digital world with a methodological framework.
From digital, students are taking courses remotely, and it’s a great opportunity for them to work part-time, which allows companies to have cheap labor. In addition, new technologies offer significant advantages to students; not only are they gaining knowledge and degrees through digital, but they are also developing skills to adapt to today’s working environment – a virtual office workplace.
New information and communication technologies are an added value for students, both for the knowledge acquired and for easier access to work. With internet access, the student can work without having to be on university premises. Upon admission to distance learning, they have the ability to view updated contractor documents, can check their work, and meet submission deadlines. With digital, knowledge no longer has borders, the university is growing, and young people have many opportunities to train outside institutions.
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Student employability in 2022
A graduate degree is first and foremost a means of being selected for hiring, facilitating better paid jobs. Some states have policies favoring the integration of graduate students into the labor market. In France, President Macron speaks of systemic change at the university.
According to him, universities must guarantee the reception of students in training and guide young people towards employment. States can, however, finance small and medium-sized enterprises so that they employ a greater number of young graduates.
Nowadays, students are more qualified for the job market after their studies, thanks to the end-of-studies internship, which allows them to acquire professional experience, master new technologies and create networks for research. employment. These are also remarkable achievements for employability.
Graduates of higher education should be favorable to the evolution of employment in 2022, especially beginners in computer science, engineering and agrotechnics. Despite the pandemic, the employability of young graduates has increased during the period of economic recovery.
Finally, we can conclude that with all these problems that currently oppose each other, higher education lacks a strategy. And when higher education lacks strategy, it negatively affects research. So, along those lines, higher education officials should make sure that everything changes as the experts recommend.