There’s a popular theory that says a huge percentage of today’s students will work jobs that don’t exist yet. Sounds scary, but maybe it shouldn’t. After all, we’ve been here before. Could you imagine, 20 years ago, wanting to be a social media manager? Even Mark Zuckerberg would have laughed at the idea.
The world is changing fast. Like crazy fast. We need to prepare students and professionals to thrive in emerging and fast-changing jobs in both emerging and established sectors, such as manufacturing, healthcare, life sciences and infrastructure. Digital technologies are converging to impact every aspect of industrial business – from ideation to manufacturing.
To help the current and future workforce accelerate the digital transformation of industry, Dassault Systemes last week announced the launch of 3DEXPERIENCE Edu Centers of Excellence, a global program and network of centers dedicated to experiential, lifelong learning with the 3DEXPERIENCE platform.
“Creating learning facilities that continuously adjust to the rapid transformation of industries can only be achieved by combining efforts from government, local employers, academia and technology providers,” 3DS Executive Vice President, Industry, Marketing & Sustainability Florence Verzelen said in a press release. “The 3DEXPERIENCE Edu Centers of Excellence program leverages our experience in collaborative learning programs and in the continuous reinvention of industry practices with the 3DEXPERIENCE platform at their core. Through this network of centers, we can strengthen these combined efforts and enable the emergence of new models for businesses, work and education.”
The first centers to join the program – CampusFab and the Trades and Qualifications of Excellence Campus – South (CMQE-SUD) cluster in France, the K-Tech Center of Excellence in Aerospace & Defense in India, the Composites Manufacturing Simulation Center of Purdue University in the U.S., and the Industrial Innovation Center for Aerospace (CIIA) in Mexico – operate closely with employers in the aerospace, automotive, energy and electronics industries. Backed by government funding, the centers and their industrial partners collaborate to enable new learning models structured by digital practices that elevate the skills of the local workforce.
Centers that join the 3DEXPERIENCE Edu Centers of Excellence program are equipped with the expertise to offer unique learning opportunities combining virtual worlds on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform with state-of-the-art machinery used in the workplace, as well as courses and curricula designed in collaboration with local employers and taught by platform-certified instructors. Students, operators, technicians, engineers and innovators can boost their employability by developing in-demand skills in virtual twin processes, materials science, data-driven manufacturing and other areas, in the context of existing or future job roles.