Today’s young generation will be called to address urgent 21st century challenges such as sustainable growth, quality in education, sustainable natural resource management, mitigating climate change, addressing natural risks, fighting poverty, informing global health, and more. The
challenges that our global society faces are daunting and the design of solutions is pressing for promoting well-being and equity. Solutions to these challenges involve the combination of knowledge from diverse scientific areas.
In the emerging world, education needs to be itself re-engineered in order to build the knowledge, skills, and mindsets that young adults will need to become leaders in designing integrated, effective, and
equitable solutions that ensure quality of life and social cohesion.
Engineering technology and business process innovation are on the cutting edge, evolving at a very past pace; solutions that are considered groundbreaking at a point in time may become obsolete only
a few years after their introduction as the result of their replacement by more powerful, flexible, and suitable approaches. The biggest challenge facing higher education today is not simply building the foundational
knowledge of young professionals; it is shaping young adults that are problem solvers, high level and critical thinkers, innovators in the face of rapid evolution of technology and business processes, effective collaborators in multiple social contexts and large groups, and, most importantly, capable of learning independently throughout their lives in order to remain at the forefront of their fields.