SINGAPORE (Aug 26): The adage that change is the only constant is now truer than ever. In an increasingly unpredictable world buffeted by populism, the US’ turning inwards, China’s exercising its considerable clout, and shorter business cycles, the only certainty for Singapore is that there will be change.

The city state can no longer bet on one core industry and train the workforce for it. In fact, it is hard pressed to say what the next big thing is, which will last for at least a decade.

Adrian W J Kuah, director of the Futures Office, National University of Singapore, writes about this in “How to educate for an uncertain world”. “The challenge for Singapore is that, while in the past we had a good sense of what new sectors to move on to next, we are not sure what the next ‘something else’ is. That makes our next bet, or bets, highly and irreducibly uncertain,” he notes.

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