Challenges the world will face in the next fifteen years.
In the next fifteen years, the world will be faced by several challenges some of which be caused by natural causes and others by human activities. The first main challenge that the world will face in the near future is energy crisis. For a very long time, the world has been dependant on fossil fuels like oil, coal and natural gas. 85% of global energy requirements come from these three natural sources and there is likelihood soon they will get exhausted. Since the discovery of these three natural sources of energy, countries have been over dependent on them with many factories powered by coal, petroleum or hydroelectricity. It’s estimated that oil and gas deposits will soon get exhausted and so there is need for governments to pursue other sources of energy. For some time, nuclear energy appeared as a good substitute to fossil fuels but doubts have risen after the events that took place in Japan after the earthquake last year.
The second challenge that the world will face in the next fifteen years is droughts which will lead to food insecurity. Increased human activities like clearing forests, over cultivation and overgrazing have led to environmental degradation. Many developing countries are likely to suffer most from droughts compared to developed ones since their agriculture mainly depends on rainfall. This means that if rains fail, their crops also fail resulting in hunger. On top of this, economies of many third world countries are agriculture based and are more likely to suffer incase of droughts. If great care is not taken, the world will have nothing to eat in the near future since the environmental will not be able to support any live. It’s very clear through global warming how environmental degradation and pollution can have a negative effect on the environment. In the recent past, there world has witnessed tsunamis, extremely hot temperatures and droughts as a result of global warming.
In the recent past, large portions of budgetary allocations in many countries have been directed towards national security. This is mainly due to increased threat to national security with criminals inventing new methods of carrying out crimes every day. This threat to security means that governments need to be alert every minute failure to which they will pay dearly. Groups like al-Qaeda, Al-Shabaab, Muslim brotherhood, Hamas, armed Islamic group and Hezbollah among others have at one time or another inflicted a lot of suffering to innocent people. Previously, people did not take the issue of terrorism seriously but this has changed recently with the September 11 attacks in the United States, bombing of American embassies in Nairobi and Tanzania, kidnappings of foreign nationals in east Africa and recent killings in France by an al-Qaeda sympathizers.
MBA is one of the most pursued programs in the world mainly because of the value it adds to both business and administration. The MBA program that am pursuing will equip me with the necessary managerial skills to handle many challenges. Although these skills are mainly business oriented, they will also help me in tackling real life issues like solving the above mentioned challenges. Unlike other programs, a MBA program is both an academic as well as a professional program. This means that one can handle issues outside business. One thing that the world requires in tackling the above mentioned challenges is good leadership. Through the MBA program, I will acquire leadership and specialized skills which will be important in tackling the above mentioned problems.
Mimi Wolverton, et al. Elite MBA programs at public universities: how a dozen innovative schools are redefining business education. Greenwood Publishing Group; ISBN0275978117, 9780275978112, 2004