NUIG launches programme to prepare students for future world of work  

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NUI Galway has today launched Designing Futures, a new educational programme that will prepare students to deal with the complexity and uncertainty of life and the future world of work.

The programme has been developed to improve the employability of graduates by offering practical and creative teaching, learning and skills development alongside traditional degree studies.

Over 1,500 students are taking part in design thinking programmes each year, with more than 300 students attending new transdisciplinary modules in 2021/22.

Minister Simon Harris said that Designing Futures is a “really exciting and dynamic programme which aims to deliver a unique mix of skills coaching, trans-disciplinary modules and curriculum reform all underpinned by technology.”

“It is creating a sustainable system where every undergraduate embarks on a personalised and assessed learning journey,” he said.

“And crucially it has been designed with enterprise and international partners, ensuring graduates are employable and ready for the new world of work.

Minister Harris added that NUI Galway continues to “dream big, to think big and to lead” on the biggest issues facing the country.

President of NUI Galway, Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, said that the University has a proud history and tradition of excellence in education, both in Ireland and globally.

“Designing Futures will deploy innovative educational technologies; open educational and strategic partnership with enterprise, creative and civic organisations; and bespoke, tailored support for students’ personalised learning,” he said.

“As a consequence, this exciting new programme will significantly enhance NUI Galway’s position as a leader in education in its region, and on the national and international stage.”