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Higher education hasn’t kept up with the rapidly changing technological world and the current economic market. As a result, industry leaders worldwide are finding that graduates are unprepared for the working world. Calling for a systematic and radical transformation, Michael King, Anthony Marshall and Dave Zaharchuk from the IBM Institute for Business Value, delve into a new model for higher education that will keep it relevant to the current job market. The authors outline which top components will ensure that academia provides what employers need. getAbstract recommends this report to academic leaders, educators, corporate recruiters and educational innovators who are looking for ways to bridge the gap between academia and the working world.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why the current model of higher education is outdated, and
  • How higher-education institutions can improve their students’ employability.

About the Authors

Michael King is the global education industry vice president for IBM Sales and Distribution. Anthony Marshall is research director and strategy leader and Dave Zaharchuk is the global government industry leader for the IBM Institute for Business Value.



As academic education is becoming more and more expensive, the current model of higher education is becoming outdated. Recent graduates lack the skills companies require from employees, such as agility, analytical and problem-solving skills, and the ability to communicate and to adapt. The lack of communication...

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