The University of Stirling Management School (SMS) has welcomed its first digital entrepreneur in residence to prepare students for future industry needs.
Joe Little, a Stirling graduate and business engagement advisor, will help ensure teaching aligns with industry expectations while encouraging spin-out and start-up businesses.
Professor Kevin Grant, dean of SMS, said: “As our digital entrepreneur in residence, Joe Little can support our staff and students to take their first steps in setting up a company or an organisation to provide new, digitally- enhanced, products and services – turning their ideas into digital reality. I’m delighted to welcome him to SMS.”
Industry 4.0 will require constantly evolving skills. We are going to see more of the gig economy, and people will need to be entrepreneurial – Joe Little, The University of Stirling Management School
SMS is among the National Student Survey’s top 20 UK universities for student satisfaction.
Mr Little said: “I have a huge affection for the University of Stirling, with its fantastic pool of students and academics. I now have the chance to share the knowledge and connections I have developed and support the university to engage globally to meet the changing demands of the world.”
Little has 30 years of experience working for BP and has built a network of technologists and academics in Silicon Valley and Scotland. His knowledge will help inform future business strategies and guarantee the university staff and students are prepared for ‘Industry 4.0’.
He added: “Industry 4.0 will require constantly evolving skills. We are going to see more of the gig economy, and people will need to be entrepreneurial. Employers may take over updating the skills of those they employ, even if that’s on a contract basis. They will also be deciding which tasks should be done by humans, and which by robots.”
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