EEUK President’s New Year Thoughts

Written by Dave Bolton

Dear Members and Friends of EEUK

As we stand on the threshold of a new year, I extend my best wishes to each one of you and your organisations. May the coming year bring us all success, growth, and prosperity for our institutions and for EEUK.

As your President, I am privileged to lead a community of dedicated individuals, and I look forward to navigating the challenges and seizing the opportunities that the future holds. Let us make sure we continue to work together, fostering innovation, collaboration, and excellence.

One element that always inspires me is the focus on perspective that the New Year brings. I’m sure 2024 will bring us renewed energy and determination to achieve our collective goals. Here’s to a year of accomplishments, milestones, and shared success. (And of course, the first IEEC outside of mainland UK, Belfast here we come!!)

I do, however, find myself pondering what the coming year might bring in terms of growth for enterprise education as a discipline across all levels of learning. These are obviously my opinions, however, broader trends observed in recent years have pointed towards a number of innovative strides in the discipline.

  1. Digital Transformation in Education: The integration of technology into education is likely to continue, with a focus on digital platforms, online courses, and interactive learning tools. Enterprise educators may adopt innovative technologies to enhance the learning experience for students.
  2. Adaptation to Remote and Hybrid Learning: The experience gained during the COVID-19 pandemic may lead to a more permanent adoption of remote and hybrid learning models. Enterprise educators may continue to explore ways to effectively deliver content in both traditional and virtual formats.
  3. Focus on Practical Skills: There might be an increased emphasis on practical skills and real-world applications in enterprise education. Employability and preparing students for the workforce may become central themes, with a focus on experiential learning, internships, and industry collaborations.
  4. Global Perspectives: With the increasing interconnectedness of the global economy, enterprise educators may place a stronger emphasis on providing students with a global perspective. This could involve international collaborations, cross-cultural learning experiences, and a focus on global business trends.
  5. Entrepreneurship and Innovation: The importance of fostering an entrepreneurial mindset and cultivating innovation skills may continue to grow. Enterprise education programs may incorporate more elements related to startup incubation, design thinking, and creativity.
  6. Soft Skills Development: In addition to technical skills, there may be an increased recognition of the importance of soft skills such as communication, problem-solving, and critical thinking. Enterprise educators may design programs that holistically develop students for success in a professional environment.
  7. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: There might be a heightened focus on promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in enterprise education. Efforts to create inclusive learning environments that reflect the diversity of the business world may become more pronounced.
  8. Lifelong Learning: The concept of lifelong learning is likely to gain more prominence. Enterprise educators may explore ways to offer continuous learning opportunities for professionals throughout their careers.
  9. The integration of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in enterprise education is becoming increasingly prevalent. While AI offers numerous benefits to enterprise education, it’s essential to address ethical considerations, data privacy, and ensure that human oversight remains integral to the educational process. Additionally, ongoing research and development will likely bring about new and innovative applications of AI in the field of enterprise education.

I am excited to see what the next 12 months brings for us and once again I am proud to lead the organisation, YOUR organisation for another year. I wish you and your families a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous  New Year!

David Bolton

Associate Professor Swansea School of Management

President – Enterprise Educators UK