Top 5 Higher Education Trends in 2018

Nexus Notes is proud to be part of the Global Education community, and particularly the Australian Higher Education community. Education is a rapidly changing sector, and we feel it’s important that students understand the changes taking place in Universities.

We have looked through the latest studies, reports, news and blogs to provide you will the top five trends that higher education can begin looking forward to:


Curriculum to be more job-focused

Traditionally higher education and University learning were for people who were looking to broaden their intellectual horizons. These days, most students attend University for the specific reason of finding a job.

This is reflected in how top Universities like Monash University for example are now supplying courses with the express goal of helping the professional career of students. Courses in disciplines like engineering and IT are receiving more funding as well as changes to the curriculum, so as to make sure that students are equipped as practically as possible for employment as soon as they graduate.

21st century students now want to be sure that they are getting the most out of their education and the 2018 syllabus reflects that change.


Coding “bootcamps” to become the norm

Whereas coding used to be relegated solely to the world of IT, in today’s modern world it is practically requirement that everyone should be able to code or, at the very least, have a basic understanding programming languages.

Whole marketplaces teaching people how to code have become extremely successfully in the past few years. Now universities are looking to jump on the bandwagon by offering supplemental coding “bootcamps” and workshops for students no matter what they’re studying.

Many students are seeing specific skills that they can learn part-time as opposed to putting their entire life on hold in order to study full-time.


Studying at home to be more viable

Students who hate turning up to class can rejoice as, according to KPMG’s Professor Stephen Parker, more and more universities are embracing the power of online learning.

Many universities are adopting a “smart campus” experience in which students can access their courses from the comfort of their own home. Everything from enrolling in classes, enquiries about course material, and even discussion with other students can be done online.

This new form of learning is not only going to revolutionise the day-to-day student experience, but also how universities are going to approach teaching and research.


Learning habits to change

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Micro-degrees on the rise

Most Australian universities are now offering smaller degrees and courses in lieu of the traditional four-year bachelor degrees. As university costs rise and students are no longer limited to actually attending the physical campus in order to receive an education. More and more students are now seeking other qualifications and certificates in order to become employment-ready as fast as possible.

Major universities like the University of Queensland, Australian National University, and University of Adelaide, have also recently begun offering multidisciplinary courses where students study what they choose or simply earn credits that go towards their degrees.

This trend means more students are looking beyond the traditional undergraduate degree and seeking other avenues for education and qualifications.


So there you have it guys, our top 5 trends for the Education sector in 2018. Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comment box below!