The Future of Education

Countless jobs will disappear but many new ones will emerge in their place. Children and students are now learning for jobs that in ten years will no longer exist. How do we prepare them for this? What does the future of education look like?

The future of education determines what the world of tomorrow looks like. The employee of the future will need new skills: 21st century skills. Education must prepare them accordingly. Thanks to the Internet, we can now learn from anywhere. In the future, everyone will be smart. Robots will stand in front of a classroom and we will experience the time of the Romans through virtual reality. We will see the emergence of peer-to-peer learning with students from, say, China. Education will become exciting. Are you the teacher, educator or professor who will take the initiative? Your students are ready. This lecture can be combined with ‘Organisation of the future’. It can also be customised on request.

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The education sector is embracing innovation and changing to meet the demands of the 21st century. It needs to — students today demand education that helps them acquire the skills needed for rapidly evolving careers. What else is changing?

Topics that will be covered during the lecture


’21st century skills’

In our information-based world, 21st century skills have become critical. It is no longer enough to learn a trade, work hard and follow directions. Today’s students need skills like problem solving, collaboration, computer programming, scientific literacy, critical thinking, self-direction, initiative, adaptability, innovation, research skills, creativity and artistry. The skills they learn need to reflect the demands that society places on them in this complex, competitive, technology-driven information age.


Massive Open Online Courses are open-licensed and freely accessible. They have no entry requirements, are self-directed and led by world class academics. In this age of lifelong learning, MOOCs provide access to learning and development to virtually everyone, anytime, anywhere in the world with Internet access. They have large online communities of fellow learners, and in terms of study level and content, they are comparable to standard university courses.

Peer-to-peer learning

Peer-to-peer learning is being used in various disciplines and contexts around the world. It involves the mutually beneficial sharing of knowledge, experience and ideas between students. This type of mutual learning can take the form of collaborative projects, community activities, discussion seminars, peer-assessment schemes or private study groups. Peer-to-peer learning encourages organisational and planning skills, giving and receiving feedback, collaboration and responsibility for one’s own learning.

Artificial intelligence

Machine learning algorithms can help identify gaps in educators’ teaching methods and indicate when students struggle with subject matter. AI can also assist students in adopting learning behaviours such as self-regulated learning. ‘Lifelong learning companions’ in the cloud, accessible from various devices, gather data about students to better support them as they develop and learn. They can even create exercises and textbooks tailor-made to the needs of individual students.

Virtual & augmented reality

Education is a field in which multiple approaches can come together to produce synergies, and the development of VR and AR for education is already gaining momentum. With hardware like headsets and smartphones becoming affordable enough to be used in the classroom, VR and AR technology is enabling students to experience the material they study first-hand and manipulate, enhance and combine information instead of just reading about topics in a textbook.


Using a technology-rich environment, a student-centred classroom is a learning environment in which each student actively participates in his own learning experience. This requires a degree of personalisation as learners are no longer the passive recipients of knowledge transferred by educators standing in front of the classroom; they are active participants in every aspect of the process.


The idea of robots in our children’s classrooms may sound like science fiction, a future many of us never thought we’d see. But that future has already arrived in schools around the world, with educators starting to experiment with ways in which robots can add value to their teaching methods. Combined with specific curriculums and different types of software, robots can offer fascinating new educational opportunities.

Company of the future

The company of the future is hyper connected. It closely monitors new developments and collaborates with startups, scientists and universities. It uses smart algorithms to analyse the world and employs a flexible workforce capable of rapidly developing new products, services or processes and offering support on complex issues. The company of the future requires accessible leaders who inspire, have new visions and are prepared to veer off the beaten track.

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Richard van Hooijdonk

International keynote speaker, trend watcher and futurist Richard van Hooijdonk offers inspiring lectures on how technology impacts the way we live, work and do business. Over 420,000 people have already attended his renowned inspiration sessions, in the Netherlands as well as abroad. He works together with RTL television and presents the weekly radio program ‘Mindshift’ on BNR news radio. Van Hooijdonk is also a guest lecturer at Nyenrode and Erasmus Universities.

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What did others think of this lecture?


The symposium ‘Pilots vs. Nerds, Airpower in the Information Age’ was a great success. Nothing but positive feedback from the participants. In no small part thanks to your commitment and dedication, we were able to achieve this result.

Alexander Schnitger
Lieutenant-General Royal Netherlands Airforce

Richard van Hooijdonk’s contribution to the congress was particularly dynamic and inspiring! The participants experienced recognition, awareness and certainly, a wake-up call. There were no signs of a post-lunch dip! In short, an excellent contribution through a highly professional performance.

Jan Struijs

Richard van Hooijdonk is today’s foremost trend watcher. He explores how the latest technological developments impact each aspect of our lives, providing an exciting and sometimes disconcerting view of our future. And make no mistake; the future is coming at us with the velocity of a comet. Not only is Richard a child of the future; he is a great storyteller as well.

Roelof Hemmen
Presenter RTL news and BNR news radio

With your presentation 'Trendz 2030' you awakened the customs organisation. At the end of the day it turned out that your presentation had made the biggest impression. You made sure the issues were put on Strategic Management’s radar.

Alex Drost
Customs and the Tax and Customs Administration

A dazzling journey through new technology. The enthusiasm and energy during his presentation, combined with the visuals, provided a successful kick- off to our event.

Patrick Steemers
Partner Deloitte

99% was incredibly enthusiastic and 1% very enthusiastic :)! You've caused quite a stir within the group. Well done!

Joost Gulden
Head of Sales Stedin

An impressive and noteworthy presentation for our employees and customers. The rate at which change is happening - which you eloquently brought across in your energetic speech - requires a disruptive approach. To be continued!

Rob Pols
CEO Atos

Enthusiastic speaker, a good and versatile story. Everyone was ‘wowed’ by the lecture.

Maarten Buikhuisen
Directeur Global Solutions Heineken

Great keynote that really opened our eyes. Sparkling and energetic, from beginning to end. Thanks Richard, for showing us this different view of the fitness market and its future.

Arjan van Dijk
Commercial Director Matrix Fitness Benelux

Richard has inspired us and given us food for thought through his ‘own way’ of presenting - characterised by humour and interaction. It gives people energy, stimulates creativity and encourages thinking in opportunities.

Marcel Grisnigt
Vice President Thales

A spectacular kick-off to our ‘Away Day’. With many examples, he shows which changes are necessary to keep up with the technological developments. The presentation sparked many discussions throughout the day and inspired ideas for follow-up actions.

Gerard Blom
General manager Deltares

Afterwards everyone was enthusiastic. Not only because of the way you illustrated the generic trends but also because of the way you applied them to the agricultural and livestock industry - the market in which De Heus operates.

Joost Belt
Global Director – De Heus

Richard knows how to interpret the new developments in an inspiring manner, while simultaneously outlining their impact. Our visitors were challenged and inspired. Richard, thanks for an exciting and 'wondrous-ful’ presentation!

Leo van den Ende
CEO Sigmax

A great story, interactive, supported by many facts and anecdotes. He has convinced us.

Peter Zoeteman
Managing Director, Maritime Technology

Richard is very interesting and a true visionary. He brings the future so close that you can almost feel it. We found it interesting to see where technology will lead and how it will change our company and our business models.

Jan van Megen
Country manager - Arjo Huntleigh

Richard van Hooijdonk provides a dazzling presentation on numerous technological developments and their impact on society and the economy. Credible, high-speed and to the point. Inspires to think and act.

Henk Geveke
Managing Director TNO Defence

With lots of energy, Richard inspired us about the bewildering future of ‘value-based’ healthcare at the Swedish Embassy in The Hague. Thank you very much!

Andreas Rentner
Swedish Ministry of Economic Affairs

Highly recommended for any entrepreneur who wants to move with the times or rather; keep ahead of the times. Very inspiring.

John Verhagen
Chairman of the Executive Board ABAB

Richard van Hooijdonk was the perfect inspiration and he encouraged everyone to have an open mind! His enthusiasm, positivity and many tangible facts make him very credible.

Tessy Erns
Chairman Association of VPM

The connections have been made. We now know how to participate, innovate and conquer new markets in a unique way. Thanks for the fantastic session.

Rob van Veen
Commercial director, Draka

Richard's enthusiasm and inspiration were contagious. We’re still talking about it. He gave us food for thought; it was great to be able to share in his passion. He brought the future closer!

Gerard van der Vegte
Director X-ICT

Such an energetic and enthusiastic speaker! From the first few minutes, the audience hung on his every word when he spoke about ‘the future of healthcare.’ Especially the way he personally deals with these developments got people talking. It was a perfect start of our annual staff conference.

Angeline van Dijk
Director - Zorg van de Zaak