Higher Education for Generation Z: Key Trends

May 8, 2018 by

There is no exact definition for people of the new century, but generation Z consists of individuals who were born in the period from 1991 to 2010. These are children and teenagers who were born in the world of financial crisis and the Internet as a crucial part of their life. Their values and stereotypes differ a lot from one’s of their precursors. They say that representatives of the digital natives will become the most enterprising, versatile and educated generation of all the times.

Statistics show their dominant reality is online. They are able to focus their attention only for 8 seconds on one object. They respect their parents but do not admit an absolute authority of an adult person. They measure success not by wealth and status, but by its diversity and one’s own path in it.

The representatives of Z generation suppose that work, studying and obtaining a higher education shouldn’t be stick to a certain age.

The millennials do not tend to work for 40 hours per week. They are going to work as freelancers with a flexible schedule, change the locations of the work and become experts in a narrow field. It is a widely known fact that, today, higher education is in the process of changes, which are affected not only by state authorities and global process. In recent years, generation Z students have started to enter universities. These facts provoked a question: are the universities ready to teach hardworking, enterprising and ready to cooperate students?

In contrast to previous generations, the representatives of the generation Z were born in a world where the Internet, social networks, and mobile technologies always existed.

HR specialists have started to talk about the influence of Zs on the global market since 2008. But how the digital natives change and influence higher education and what are the key trends?

Teaching generation z is a challenging and hard mission. The digital natives (another name for generation Z) has a negative attitude towards lectures, texts, and exams. They are always multitasking. The generation z research proved the fact that 43% of Zs tend to think that using the Internet in the educational process is much more efficient than reading books. The gap between what is taught in schools and universities and what is needed in real life is growing every year.

There is a crucial need to analyze how universities cooperate with these students and give them an appropriate university assignment help. The heads of the universities that understand the connection between the educational establishments, virtual reality, and education, are able to make a revolution in the world of higher education.

A new generation has totally different expectations, which should play a dominant role in the process of changes in education and services for students.

The university should be on students’ smartphones. For example, the University of Lancaster, a group of experts created the application iLancaster which is used by more than 79 000 people. Students start using it since they apply for studying at the University of Lancaster till the ending of their studies. It is highly important to emphasize that students were an inevitable part of the application development process, starting with making up a schedule to social and sports events.

The key to successful cooperation with Zs is their involvement in the educational process.

Modern students, millennials, are absolutely different than students of the 80s and 90s. They live at a higher pace, spend more time in a virtual online world, have access to great amount of the information. Higher education has to take these qualities of the modern personality into consideration, work ahead, focus on technologies of the future, but not on the literature of the passed centuries. The main goal of a higher education is to teach to think, analyze, express one’s own opinion and teach how to learn.

Elizabeth Skinner is an American writer and blogger. In 2003 she established ‘Young Generation Platform’ – a platform where gifted children present their talents in diverse spheres, starting from ballet, painting, playing musical instruments and many other activities. Elizabeth Skinner is a 37-year-old mother of twins, always take part in different charity festivals concerning contribution into education for new generations.

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