Education and the Future of Work

This Study of the US Institute (formerly 'Youth, Education and Closing the Skills Gap') explores how technology, the job economy, and skills-based education are interconnected in US. The Institute will expose participants to global issues in the context of the future of work by examining educational, social and economic trends.


Please note: due to COVID-19, we have not been able to select participants for the 2021 Study of the US Institutes Programme. Applications for the 2022 Summer Institutes are due to open in November 2021. Please continue to check our website for updates.


Using an interdisciplinary approach, the academic program will examine the role of U.S. educational institutions, particularly community colleges, in preparing Americans with the skills needed to succeed in multiple industries and sectors including business, technology, science, higher education, the creative arts and other fields.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • communication
  • entrepreneurship
  • globalization and urbanization
  • innovation and technology
  • organizational development and management
  • skills development
  • reskilling and retraining

The Institute will also provide opportunities for participants to engage with educational and industry leaders through site visits around the greater Boston metropolitan area.  A study tour to a different region in the US will explore the theme from a different perspective.  The programme will end in Washington DC where all participants for all Institutes will gather for a closing forum.  During this forum, students will have an opportunity to network, discuss action plans, and engage in conversation.