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QUICK QUESTIONS
By Charlotte West

Human Capital and Talent in an
Increasingly Interconnected World

human intelligence and human
You've said before that during
learning. I see it almost the exact
every major economic shift, a
opposite way.
new asset class becomes the
In the knowledge economy,
basis of productivity, growth,
AI's absolute highest value use is
wealth creation, and opportunity.
to accelerate human learning. It
Can you tell us about the asset
should be suffusing the way we
class that educational institutions
learn in universities and on the job.
and labor markets need to adapt
to today and why?
What do you think traditional
Auguste: In a knowledge econpostsecondary schools need to
omy, which is more than just
do to remain relevant in a world
information, human capital is what
where everyone will require
becomes the critical asset class as
lifelong learning?
opposed to financial capital. But
Byron Auguste
Auguste: I would say number
the main thing is talent. It's human
one, understand that whatever the barriers are, the
capital. It's research. That comes out of the great univerworld needs more education, not less. More people
sities around the world. These are the critical assets.
And what's more, a lot of the conversation about new need more education, they need it more frequently, and
they need it in a greater variety of forms. They won't
technology implicitly says, "It's technology versus peoalways need four years at a time. They might only need
ple." It suggests that technology replaces people. I think
that's a fundamentally flawed way of looking at it. I think it two years at a time or six weeks at a time.
Number two, that diversity of how [education] is
it's not actually the technology that is the critical thing.
delivered doesn't need to be feared. I think there's a fear
It is the way... that [technology] interacts with human
that [higher education institutions] are just turning into
capital through the specific institutions that we have.
component suppliers for companies, turning them into
To give you example of what I mean, think about
vocational education, as opposed to liberal arts educaour artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning.
tion. I believe that distinction is massively overstated.
An enormous amount of that is coming out of great
Work is solving problems. Work is understanding
research universities. Higher education already touches
other people and their perspectives and figuring out
that in a very fundamental way.
collaboratively how to get to a better place. One of the
Then as you think about how it interacts... with the
outcomes should be having a meaningful working life.
[world of ] work, people default far too easily to the
Rightly integrated, the world of work can bring as much
assumption that AI is going to sort of commoditize
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INTERNATIONAL EDUCATOR M AY + J U N. 2018

PHOTOS COURTESY OPPORTUNITY@WORK

In 2015, Byron Auguste and Karan Chopra cofounded Opportunity@Work, a social enterprise based in Washington,
D.C., that aims to expand access to career opportunities and remove barriers to hiring and learning. Now chief executive
officer of Opportunity@Work, Auguste spent two years in the Obama administration as deputy assistant to the president
for economic policy and deputy director of the National Economic Council. Chopra, who is executive vice president at
Opportunity@Work, first came to the United States as an international undergraduate from India to study at the Georgia
Institute of Technology. Chopra has a long history of social enterprise work as cofounder and director of the Global AgriDevelopment Company, an agri-food business in sub-Saharan Africa, and cofounder of West Africa Vocational Education
(WAVE), a social venture tackling youth unemployment in Nigeria. International Educator spoke with Auguste and
Chopra about breaking down barriers between the worlds of work and education, as well as how to think globally about
the types of careers we are preparing students for. This interview has been condensed for brevity.



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of International Educator - May/June 2018

From the Desk of
In Brief
Global Spotlight: China
Quick Questions
Feature: Global Citizenship 2.0: Supporting a New Breed of Stewards to Confront a Changing Reality
Feature: Lifelong Learning: Higher Education for a World of Speed and Scale
Feature: Internationalization Best Practices: Lessons Learned
Education Abroad
International Student Affairs
International Enrollment
International Education Leadership
Forum
In Focus
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International Educator - May/June 2018 - From the Desk of
International Educator - May/June 2018 - In Brief
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International Educator - May/June 2018 - Global Spotlight: China
International Educator - May/June 2018 - Quick Questions
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International Educator - May/June 2018 - Feature: Global Citizenship 2.0: Supporting a New Breed of Stewards to Confront a Changing Reality
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International Educator - May/June 2018 - Feature: Lifelong Learning: Higher Education for a World of Speed and Scale
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International Educator - May/June 2018 - Feature: Internationalization Best Practices: Lessons Learned
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International Educator - May/June 2018 - International Student Affairs
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International Educator - May/June 2018 - International Enrollment
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International Educator - May/June 2018 - International Education Leadership
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