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6 Learning Competencies of the 21st-Century

Laurel Martello

The learning method at Tomorrow University of Applied Sciences is based on 6 research-based pillars designed to educate the change makers of tomorrow. Each pillar has a specific purpose and learning outcome. 

These competencies are sought after by the talent and sustainable leaders shaping our future.

So what are the competencies needed to drive change in the 21st-century?

-Cognitive proficiency

-Technological literacy 


-Entrepreneurial mindset


-Social intelligence 

Cognitive proficiency: We need people who can think critically, analyze large amounts of data, and make decisions based on that data. In times of information overload, this has never been more important. We need to question the status quo.

Technological literacy: A deep understanding of what technology is, its impact, and how to best use it to drive sustainable change. We need to understand the mechanics of technology to solve our society's biggest problems today. Maybe that is through coding, developing sustainable products, or AI. 

Self-empowerment: We need people who are aware that they can drive change and with strong self-efficacy. Someone who knows their strengths and weaknesses — and uses them to navigate our ever-changing world.

Entrepreneurial mindset: Facilitating change and designing businesses and business models represent the entrepreneurial spirit. This isn't only important for entrepreneurs but also for intrapreneurs.

Sustainability: We need people who are able to understand their impact and the impact of their behavior on the world. Understanding systems, such as the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals, has never been more critical. The goals were created as a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and to ensure that by 2030 all people enjoy peace and prosperity. Responsible entrepreneurs and intapreneurs are deeply committed to achieving these goals while driving change and thinking in innovative and sustainable ways.

United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals

Social intelligence: As a society, we need to be empowered in the 21st-century to work with and have empathy for others. We must not only look at our world's challenges and problems on a local scale but seek to understand them globally. We are more connected than ever because of technology — but using it correctly is the challenge. 

If you are interested in gaining these competencies through practice-based and innovative methods, join our international community in one of our programs.

-Bachelor of Arts in Responsible Entrepreneurship

-Bachelor of Arts in Sustainable Product Management

-Bachelor of Science in Artificial Intelligence & Sustainable Technologies

-Professional Master in Sustainability, Entrepreneurship, and Technology

-Mission Identification Open Challenge

-Solving Problems With Data Open Challenge 

-Impact Degree in GreenTech

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