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‘We need a major focus on continuing education’

Friday 03 Nov 17


Philip John Binning
Senior Vice President, Dean of Graduate Studies and International Affairs
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As intelligent robots and increasing digitization make many traditional jobs obsolete, the need for lifelong learning is more relevant than ever before. A DTU dean believes the universities have a key role in this area.

The labour market has been experiencing something close to a revolution in recent years. Countless jobs are being replaced by automation, while new types of occupation are arising due to innovation.
The good news is that new needs follow in the wake of these changes, as we can exploit the new technology to deliver novel goods and services at low prices. New technological opportunities provide a breeding ground for new companies and new types of jobs, and for them to flourish we must all learn new skills.

Technological developments and globalization have been wreaking havoc on the labour market for many years. Jobs in the sewing industry disappeared to Portugal, electronics companies went bankrupt, and now even the jobs of people with intermediate and high education are threatened by computers and robots.

Ever since the invention of the wheel, it has been a fact of life that new technology makes entire sectors disappear. What is new is the lightning speed at which changes are occurring, with whole industries being wiped out in just a few years.

“The days are over where a university master’s degree was enough to secure lifelong employment,” says Philip J. Binning, DTU’s Dean of Graduate Studies and International Affairs.

“Depending on who you ask, 40-50 per cent of all current jobs will be replaced by robots, and the radical technological changes in the years ahead will place huge demands on the ability of society and individuals to adapt.”

The answer—or one of the answers—to this technological development should therefore be a major focus on continuing education or lifelong learning, which the universities need to able to largely provide, Philip J. Binning believes.

The many new technologies are developing at such a pace that there is much we simply cannot predict. But the trend is toward a need for lifelong learning and an increasingly large number of more specialized courses and study programmes. Offering such courses and programmes may be an important task for universities:

“In light of the central role of technology in these changes, it is only natural that a technical university like DTU is playing a leading role in strengthening technology-based teaching in Denmark. We are highly ambitious at DTU, and we are planning a massive increase in our capacity, so that we can provide continuing education for Danish engineers long after they have graduated,” adds Philip J. Binning.

New technological education opportunities

Technological advances ares also helping to change the education sector. Teaching can be personalized using data analytics, and new online platforms make it possible to gather course participants at many different levels and offer peer-to-peer teaching. So the technology is also helping ensure that DTU can deliver quality education with great flexibility, to the benefit of society.

Online study programmes are one of the means of equipping employees to meet the terms and requirements of new times. Universities already widely offer MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). For example, DTU has developed a variety of short-term and long-term courses based on the Coursera online platform.

Continuing education at DTU

DTU offers a number of continuing and further education programmes. These range from intense short-term courses to part-time programmes at bachelor and master’s level.


Short business-oriented courses within a number of subject areas. And long courses, divided into modules. Many of the courses are based on current technological issues in fields like cyber security and big data.

  • company courses
  • discipline-specific courses
  • e-learning courses (MOOCs)
  • 3-week courses
  • 13-week courses

DTU Business’s continuing education programmes

Diploma programmes

  • qualifying education programmes at bachelor level.
  • the diploma programmes consist of compulsory and elective modules which can be combined as desired.
  • Diploma in Energy and the Environment
  • Diploma in Management
  • Diploma in Engineering Management
  • IT diploma programme
  • Diploma in Project Management
  • Diploma in Power Technology
  • Diploma programmes in single subjects
  • flexible diploma programme.

Master’s programmes

Qualifying education programmes at master’s level that link theory and practice. The programmes are organized so that you can participate alongside work activities. The teaching is research-based, offering the opportunity to apply the latest knowledge within the given academic field.

  • Executive MBA (MMT)
  • MBA in Food Quality and Safety
  • MBA in Fire Safety
  • MBA in Wind Energy
  • flexible master’s programme 


Read more about the various offers and continuing education programmes at our website.