Business School


28 April 2017

Associate Professor Ruth Bridgstock from QUT will review strategies for universities in fostering skilled and productive graduates in the digital age.


This presentation asks what it means to be capable in the context of a world of work and society undergoing massive disruptive change under the influence of digital technologies. It engages with the key shifts that are occurring to the labour market, work and careers, and explores the 21st century capabilities and skills that research suggests will be important to graduates’ productive participation in the years to come, including capabilities for complex problem solving and innovation, enterprise and career self-management, social network capabilities, and digital making skills. It suggests some key ways that universities can foster 21st century capabilities, and some strategies for building agile and dynamic educational institutions that are as ‘future capable’ as the graduates they produce.

About the speaker

Associate Professor Ruth Bridgstock is Australian National Senior Teaching Fellow for Graduate Employability 2.0, which seeks to foster learners’ connectedness capabilities for success in life and work in the 21st century. It also seeks to strengthen the capacity of higher education to cultivate meaningful connections and partnerships with industry, community and other key learning stakeholders. Ruth is passionate about developing ‘future capable’ learners, teachers, programs, and educational institutions.

Her activities are centred on the question of how universities can foster capabilities for productive participation in the 21st century knowledge economy and society. Based in the Creative Industries Faculty at Queensland University of Technology, Ruth engages in research and scholarship into the changing world of work, capability needs, and approaches to learning in the digital age. She designs, develops and evaluates innovative curricula and teaching approaches for the development of these capabilities, and is also engaged in teacher capacity building and university transformation projects. She is co-author of Creative Work Beyond the Creative Industries: Innovation, Employment and Education (Edward Elgar, 2014), and Creative Graduate Pathways Within and Beyond the Creative Industries (Routledge, 2016).

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28 April 2017 - 28 April 2017
Level 4, P Block, QUT Gardens Point
The Kindler Theatre (P-421)
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Associate Professor Ruth Bridgstock (QUT)


QUT Business School

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    Gardens Point
    2 George St
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    GPO Box 2434
    Brisbane QLD 4001