It is no secret that the Higher Education environment is evolving at a rapid pace. We are seeing that adult learners are looking for more flexible learning options and so the future of learning will be based around personalisation. 

Elizabeth (Liz) Lee Ming, our Head of Marketing at Red & Yellow Creative School of Business, was recently featured as a panelist on the LinkedIn Education Connect webinar, where she shared her knowledge on trends that are shaping the Higher Education industry. 

Here are some of her key insights that she discussed during the webinar: 

The future of lifelong education 

Three years down the line, we are still seeing the effects of the pandemic on the Higher Education sector. Liz noted that we have seen a trend emerging of people constantly wanting to improve themselves and better their skills and so this means that Red & Yellow and all institutions are now speaking to a more switched-on and constantly evolving audience. 

The need for flexible learning 

During the pandemic, we saw also an increased interest in short courses globally. These courses make hybrid education possible, while the breaking down of borders opens the possibilities to learn from different institutions from across the world. 

Additionally, because part-time courses can run over a longer period of time, such as two years, and they allow flexible learning where students can continue to work, while upskilling themselves at the same time. At Red & Yellow, we offer support to students to manage their wellness, before they enter the workforce. This stems from the awareness that in a country like South Africa, we are faced with many challenges, so it is essential for students to have support and guidance on their journey.  

The increase of collaboration 

We can’t speak about collaboration without mentioning the adaption of technology in Africa. Liz noted that two of the biggest factors that we struggle with are accessibility and high data costs. We recently hosted our Metaverse summit, which looked at innovations to come in this exciting space. It is a great opportunity to make things like higher education more accessible, but it will require stable connectivity and data costs that are more affordable and accessible.

Representation matters 

One of the initiatives that we at Red & Yellow have implemented was to bring coding school, Le Wagon to Cape Town. Our aim is to drive the skills of the future and we know that there is going to be a demand for coding as technology will become more consumer-facing and integrated into our lives.

With its being Women’s Month, we must also mention representation. Liz went on to note that businesses are looking for more female coders and driving representation is about making these skill sets available. These programmes and courses are available so that people can further their education. The more we drive that narrative, the better we will start to see better more equal representation in that space.

At Red & Yellow Creative School of Business, we continue to be at the forefront of the educational sector in the creative industry. We pride ourselves on teaching the great creators, inventors, leaders and entrepreneurs for the 21st Century.

We offer a variety of options, from part-time to full-time, as well as online learning.