UCL Centre for Engineering Education


Professor John Mitchell delivers keynote at Hong Kong University's Global Forum

15 December 2022

Professor Mitchell, Co-Director of UCL's Centre for Engineering Education was invited to give a keynote as part of HKU's Global Forum on 'holistic competencies.'

The forum, held in November 2022, facilitated the ongoing conversation about efforts to include holistic competencies in higher education.

As the world continues to evolve rapidly, it is as crucial as ever to ensure students are well-equipped to face a future marked by volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity – also known as VUCA. For this, they will need to develop a variety of holistic competencies, a variety of interconnected transferable skills (e.g. critical thinking), positive values (e.g. professional ethics), and attitudes (e.g. lifelong learning).

Hosted by Hong Kong University's Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL), the forum invited partners from institutions around the world, including from universities in Hong Kong, Australia, and the United Kingdom, to discuss and collaborate on topics and projects related to the development of holistic competencies, as well as their assessment and accreditation. Employers and other stakeholders also took part in this collective effort to better prepare graduates not only for the fourth industrial revolution, but beyond.

You can find out more about the forum here.

You can wach Professor John Mitchell's 20 minute keynote here.