1 de mar de 2022

Business education trends in 2023 and beyond: climate action


As we become confronted with the impact of climate change in increasingly severe forms, there´s a strong global shift to tackle this challenge. Business education is bound to change and prioritize our planet.

Business education is not business as usual anymore. To help you navigate this fast-changing landscape and ease your transformation journey, we have published a trend report with the key trends that will impact business education.  

We predict ten trends, split into three categories:

  • societal trends like climate action, that will challenge the purpose of business education
  • industry trends that will change the way it is taught
  • tech trends that will open new avenues and make the transformation of business education possible. 

Enjoy this sneak peek into our 38-page Business education trend report or download it in full.

Climate action must become a priority

The planet warming up as a result of human activity is changing our climate in dangerous ways, rendering it unsuitable to sustain life as we know it.

The main culprit of human activity is burning fossil fuels such as carbon dioxide (CO2).

The consequences are dire and include more frequent and intense weather events (heatwaves, drought, storms) that affect people´s livelihoods, their water and food sources; melting glaciers that make sea levels rise and put coastal settlements at risk of submerging; warming oceans and perturbed ecosystems, leading to loss of plant and animal species; overall increased poverty and displacement, etc.

According to leading scientiststo prevent the worst consequences of climate change, it´s vital to limit the global temperature increase to 1.5°C by 2030. How can we achieve that? By leading human activity that is carbon neutral and educating people on how to do that.

With these consequences looming on the horizon, society is looking up to governments, businesses and institutions to become part of the solution.

That is why, the need to tackle climate change will question the very purpose of business education. The paradigm underpinning how businesses should operate will focus not only on profit, but also on people and planet to the same extent.   

People are demanding climate action and sustainable practices

Business education should be driven by the need to lead environmentally-friendly businesses

How can virtual and hybrid learning reduce your CO2 footprint ?

The way these learnings are conveyed will also be impactful. Virtual or hybrid teaching and training methods can be of tremendous help. They support climate action by reducing the carbon footprint, and by embedding sustainable practices into your organization´s DNA leading to a sustainability-driven internal culture. But how can virtual and hybrid models specifically support your goals?

1. Travelling decreases dramatically

Planes are significant producers of carbon dioxide (CO2) as they burning fuel and are among the means of public transportation that contributes to global warming the most. Virtual and hybrid learning will make travelling a rare occurrence for both learners and instructors. 

2. Classroom space & utilities needs decline

It´s not only travelling that is high energy consuming. Building maintenance and utilities such as water, electricity and heat account for an increased carbon footprint. Virtual and hybrid learning would significantly reduce all these needs.

3. Paper use diminishes

The stacks of papers and books required in virtual and hybrid learning are drastically reduced. This in turn will mean less paper and reduced deforestation. Saving trees means that more CO2 will be removed from the air through photosynthesis.

How Barco University expanded its training while reducing CO2 by 461 tons

This is just one of the ten trends that will impact the future of business education. Would you like to find out what lies ahead in the future of business education? Then discover all ten trends by downloading our 38-page report.