OthelloShakespeare on Q&A
This week’s Shakespeare-themed Q&A was remarkably on point, with panelists discussing ‘how the Bard’s works befit modern life in Australia’. Questions included ‘What do you think a play like Othello or The Merchant of Venice has to say about racism?’; ‘Did Shakespeare have a feminist leaning?’ and ‘Why has Shakespeare transcended linguistic and cultural boundaries?’. Catch up on iVew or via the recap here.

As strong advocates for the relevance of great works of literature to contemporary issues, this discussion was right up our alley!

Is there really a STEM skills shortage?
‘It’s not a shortage of STEM skills, but the wrong mix of talent across a business that is holding up the innovation train, a research group finds’. This article in the University of Melbourne’s Pursuit explains why the myopic focus on STEM skills is misguided, arguing that we need a mix of disciplines in order to foster innovation.

On vocational oversupply
Why do students enroll in massively oversupplied university degrees? Tony Featherstone, in this article in the Sydney Morning Herald, ponders the alarming oversupply of graduates in fields as diverse as law, journalism, pharmacy, dentistry and medicine. ‘Universities that resemble overpriced degree factories are exploiting their social license – and Australia’s youth’, he writes.

Arts and humanities will flourish in a technologically dependent world
In an age of increasing technological dependence, it is believed that almost half of today’s professions will not exist in the near future. Professor Stuart Cunningham, from Queensland University of Technology, argues that the value of the arts and humanities are growing as a result, as creative and critical thinking become even more crucial. Simon Canning reports in Mumbrella.

Communication and critical thinking are key skills for employability
In a similar vein, the Wall Street Journal reported last week that strong communication abilities, rather than business-related skills, are in high demand by employers. Skills like critical thinking, creativity and adaptability have been found to make candidates stand out in the current job market. These all sound like skills that are fostered by humanities disciplines! Read the report here.

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