Investing in human potential produces priceless returns.
The human capital pipelines into STEM education, STEM re/skilling, and STEM careers shape the future economic growth and competitive edge of every country that’s seeking to prosper in the digital economy.
Robust STEM pipelines should, in fact, be seen as critical infrastructure for winning in the digital economy (just like 5G networks, transportation networks, etc).
Countries, however, fail to capture this generational opportunity.
In the US, for example, the massive trove of human potential that’s hidden in the population remains untapped and unutilized. Changing this will generate unprecedented economic rewards.
In India, to take another example, the trove of STEM human potential that’s hidden among disadvantaged youth is staggering. It is the country’s most valuable resource, but it remains massively undiscovered and underutilized.
What are the key takeaways?
Countries must build programmatic pipelines into STEM careers
Countries ought to use digital technology to build that critical infrastructure
Countrywide pipelines should discover and route people to the right programs
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