Dear Deans, Members and Schools,
Earlier this year, we got together in Hong Kong and at
HKUST for the AAPBS Academic Conference to discuss the impact of technology on
the future of work.
series of presentations and interactive talks, we discussed how AI and
automated intelligent machines would take over more human roles. The conference
has provided a great platform for participants to share best practice and
strategies on ways to enhance business and management education. But we still
have questions unanswered on ways to address the urgent need to retrain our
to a study (The Future of Jobs Report 2018) by the World Economic Forum, 75 million existing
roles globally are set to be displaced by automation. However, with technology
advancement, among other reasons, there is the potential for 133 million new
ones to be created, leaving a net balance of 58 million new jobs.
figures reveal the imminent need to adapt strategies that the world must put in
place to facilitate a transition of the workforce. Our society must bridge the
gap between a critically low supply of highly-skilled professionals and the
urgent demand among employers for a highly-skilled workforce. We, as an
educator, have an indispensable role to play.
by the UNSW Business School, the next AAPBS Annual Meeting in Sydney on 18-20
November will provide a chance for us to further our dialogue. The meeting¡¯s
theme, ¡°The Future of Work¡±, will be the focal point for a series of
presentations, panel discussions and conversations on matters of mutual
interest to businesses and business schools.
will share insights into the significant impacts of technology and participants
can discuss the skills students need in the future and exchange views in ways
to deliver relevant and timely content to our students.
forward to seeing you at UNSW in November.
Tam Kar Yan
HKUST Business School