Italy: renewing education is the key to re-start

Italy is preparing to make crucial decisions to revive the economy.

Among the most critical challenges that the Government will have to face is that of embracing the green revolution, sustainability and enhancing the opportunities offered by digital technology.

In this context, the development of human capital is decisive for equipping professionals with skills capable of solving increasingly complex and profoundly different problems than in the past. 

This is what the Dean of LUISS Business School, Paolo Boccardelli, is writing in a recent article. LUISS Business School is one of the top management schools in Europe and, albeit most of the considerations are related to academic education, they also apply very well to lower level of education such as those which the New Metro Project is aimed at.

According to prof. Boccardelli, the training system will have to rest on three pillars:

  • digital skills
  • domain skills
  • transversal skills

The new professions will require more sophisticated skills. It is estimated that in the next twenty years 90% of jobs will require digital skills and that by 2022, worldwide, 75 million jobs will be replaced and 133 million new jobs will arise (in areas such as cybersecurity, big data, sustainability, regulation and privacy).

Quickly investing in the training of digital skills in Italian companies becomes an imperative need to face the significant and widespread digital skills gap.

Also, transversal skills such as emotional intelligence, critical thinking, analytical thinking, problem-solving, ability to un-learn and re-learn, creativity, and orientation towards innovation and entrepreneurship will be increasingly indispensable.

It appears necessary to renew the Italian educational offer in an almost radical way, in terms of content and methods.

La Repubblica – Affari & Finanza, June 29th, 2020

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