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Durable Skills: Why transferable and resilient skills are crucial and how universities can actually teach them

Diana El Azar March 17, 2023

Most universities are providing students with an education that will be outdated and irrelevant by the time they graduate. Durable skills, though, are a set of competencies that are transferable across contexts and resilient over time. These skills, including critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and ramping up on new topics quickly, are crucial: seven out of the 10 most requested capabilities in job postings are durable skills (America Succeeds, 2021) and 91% of employers struggle to fill a position because of a skills gap (Monster, 2022). This session will discuss how to identify, teach, and assess durable skills to positively impact students’ careers and society at large.


Fireside Chat (3 speakers maximum)


Skills, workforce, higher education

Purpose and Desired Outcome

1. Participants will have an understanding of why skills need to be durable: transferable across contexts and resilient over time. 2. Participants will have an understanding of how universities can integrate durable skills into their curriculum and pedagogy, therefore better identifying, teaching, and assessing them.


  • Academia

  • Government

  • Entrepreneurs

  • Accelerators & Incubators


  • NameJames Genone
  • TitleVice President of Academic Solutions and Innovation
  • OrganizationMinerva Project
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameSamon Biaou
  • TitleBoard Advisor
  • OrganizationZayed University
  • StatusConfirmed
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