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LightBulb Chats: Road to Success - Degree Required?

Is a degree even necessary to be successful in today’s world and the world of tomorrow? We explore the changing workplace and whether or not a university degree is still the first step to success. 

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Millenials want more. Flexible schedules. Meaningful work. Balance. Mentorship. They work in a world that is rapidly changing. Developments in artificial intelligence, biotechnology, robotics, 3D printing, and the internet of things are creating new jobs, killing others and altering the skillsets needed to be successful.

Skills like critical thinking, creativity, emotional intelligence, and adaptability are the currencies of the new job market and they’re not taught in textbooks. Are our educational systems able to keep up? Is a degree even necessary to be successful in today’s world and the world of tomorrow? In the third installment of LightBulb Chats we explore the changing workplace and whether or not a university degree is still the first step to success. Join the conversation.

degree required? the experts 


Don Westerheijden



Senior Research Associate at University of Twente, Faculty of BMS. 


Don is a senior research associate at the University of Twente. He co-ordinates research on quality management in higher education. He studies quality assurance and accreditation and their impacts, as well as university rankings and performance (indicators, contracts). 

Don is involved in post-experience training and consultancy, including projects for higher education ministries, quality assurance agencies and higher education institutions across Europe, in Asia, the United States and Africa.



Mike Verkouter

Startup Ambassador at Novel-T 

Eager developer/entrepreneur with (international) experience in the higher education, startup, industry, corporate and government connections. 

Skilled in entrepreneurship, development, coaching, communication and public speaking, always open and motivated to listen to great and innovative ideas. 


Mike Verkouter supports innovation within academic and nonacademic environments, by empowering entrepreneurial spirit with students and business groups.



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LIGHTBULB CHATS

DesignLab’s LightBulb Chats are enlightening conversation starters: open invitations to publicly debate controversial elements shaping our future today. They focus on intriguing topics that play a significant role in our everyday lives, and are likely to influence the world of tomorrow. Think: will artificial intelligence put humans in the backseat? Do you need a degree to be successful? And now we can ‘design’ babies, does that mean we should play God?

The Lightbulb Chats aim to build bridges between students, academia, civil servants, business(wo)men, artists, and other curious civilians. Join the discussion and our mission to engineer the future together!