Technion, the Israel Institute of Technology, is the world’s leading academic institution in preparing students to take top positions in the digital revolution. In a recent survey published in Times Higher Education, representatives of global leading companies were questioned on required skills to succeed in today’s labour market. The survey compiled a list of top academic institutions for providing the best digital skills that will allow students to adapt to the digital revolution, ranking Technion first. University College London (UCL) ranked second, and the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) ranked third. US academic institute Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), took sixth place. The survey also asked the companies about the perceived employability of graduates, with the California Institute of Technology (CalTech) retaining its top spot, and MIT and Stanford coming in at fourth and seventh respectively.
“This is a badge of honour for Technion,” says Technion President Prof. Peretz Lavie. “In recent years, Technion has placed considerable emphasis on training its students to meet the changing needs of the digital revolution. As a result, Technion’s interdisciplinary research is expanding and advancing by leaps and bounds, in a process integrating life sciences and engineering. In addition, advanced learning technologies are being implemented, including the introduction of MOOCs – massive online open courses – in various languages, and the development of the flipped classroom approach. This approach emphasizes self-study by students using state-of-the-art technology, including augmented reality. In addition, the strengthening of Technion’s global standing, reflected by the Technion branches in New York and China and by strategic partnerships worldwide, helps us attend to the changing needs of global industries.”
The survey’s authors note that global academic institutions are increasingly evaluated according to the employability of their graduates, and that in some places around the world, government support for institutions is linked to graduate success in the labour market.