Coursera, one of the largest online learning platforms in the world, has launched its Campus Skills Report 2022.
The report explores skill proficiencies, career preferences, and skill trends among students worldwide. It also identifies key steps that higher education institutions can take to better align with industry, improve graduate employability, and increase student enrollments. According to Coursera data, Indian students are preparing for jobs in the fast-growing digital economy, building foundational and emerging digital skills like HTML and CSS, Cloud Computing, Blockchain, and C programming.
India has the highest number of registered campus students on Coursera. The report reveals that by investing in cutting-edge digital skills, students are preparing to enter high-growth technology jobs like data scientist, data analyst, software engineer, and machine learning engineer. In India, the most in-demand job for Coursera for Campus students is Software Engineering (18%). In addition, 15% of Indian students aspire to be Data Scientists, while 6% selected Data Analysts as their top career choice.
Commenting on the report, Raghav Gupta, Managing Director, India and APAC, Coursera, said,
“Higher education institutions will play a critical role in preparing the next generation of talent for career success in the fast-changing knowledge economy. It is encouraging to see that Indian campuses are equipping the world’s largest youth population to thrive in the digital future, drive innovation and navigate change and disruption.”
Indian students are graduating into a labor market that demands new skills – reshaped by automation and the pandemic. The report shows strong alignment between the skills trends among Indian campus learners on Coursera and the country’s National Education Policy that puts spotlight on youth employability and skills-based education. Indian higher education institutions are increasingly building their digital competencies and exploring high-quality online learning options to arm students with in-demand skills, bridge the industry-academia gap, and bolster employability.
Top courses among campus students in India include:
- Programming for Everybody – Getting Started with Python (University of Michigan)
- Foundations: Data, Data, Everywhere (Google)
- Crash Course on Python (Google)
- Foundations of User Experience (UX) Design (Google)
- Technical Support Fundamentals (Google)
- Excel Skills for Business: Essentials (Macquarie University)
- Algorithmic Toolbox (University of California)
- Foundations of Project Management (Google)
“The pandemic accelerated the adoption of blended classrooms, and encouraged universities to place a greater emphasis on providing students access to industry-aligned, new-age digital skills, and building a foundation for lifelong learning,” added Raghav.
Coursera’s Campus Skills Report 2022 also reveals the following insights:
● Globally, the top jobs by student demand are data scientist, data analyst, software engineer, machine learning engineer, and marketing specialist.
● While students have made some progress in obtaining baseline proficiency in job-relevant skills, the majority have yet to meet the target proficiency needed to transition into these jobs.
● Arts and humanities students who aspire to become professors and K-12 teachers are prioritizing communication, research, and writing skills.
● Business students express similar levels of interest in data analysis and financial analysis as they do in marketing and consulting. To build data fluency, they are seeking out computer programming and machine learning skills.
● Engineering students’ top jobs are software engineer and data scientist, so they are prioritizing core skills like mathematics, statistical programming, and computer programming.
● Data scientist is a preferred job for health sciences students, who are acquiring data analysis, data management, and general statistics skills that can help them contribute to healthcare technology.
● Social sciences students’ top job choices are researcher, data analyst, and economist. To complement their research skills, they are developing statistical programming and business analysis skills.
Drawing from Coursera’s 3.8 million registered student learners across campus customers – of which India accounts for the highest share with 1.7 million students – the report measures the skill proficiencies of campus learners for emerging roles, outlines skill-to-job pathways for 10 academic disciplines, and spotlights learner skill trends for 9 countries.
Coursera, launched in 2012 by two Stanford Computer Science professors, Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller, is now one of the largest online learning platforms in the world, with 97 million registered learners as of December 31, 2021. It partners with over 250 leading university and industry partners to offer a broad catalog of content and credentials, including courses, specializations, professional certificates, guided projects, and bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Institutions around the world use Coursera to upskill and reskill their employees, citizens, and students in fields such as data science, technology, and business.