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This report (44 page PDF) posits that we're entering a Now marks the transition to a "third wave" of education. The first wave was about access, the second wave was about quality, and now the third wave is about what the authors call "'demand driven education'  — where programs focus more strongly than ever on ensuring graduates are job-ready and have access to rewarding careers over the course of their lifetimes." That actually sounds like the opposite of demand-driven education, but let's continue. "Demand-driven education adapts to the needs of the learner and the employer. It responds to signals from society to ensure alignment between desired qualifications and available training." There's a lot of room here for scepticism, but read the report and see what you think.

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