As a means of kick-starting the discussion, it would be fantastic if you could reflect on and respond to the statement and question below. In a few days time we can then start looking at possible solutions to identified challenges.
It is not my intention to be overly prescriptive here so please do feel free to begin new threads as the discussion progresses.
I very much look forward to reading your responses and learning from your experiences and insights.
FACT: Today, millions of people across the globe do not have jobs. (please refer to the infographic on page 3) One of the causes for this is that they are not getting the skills from the education system that they need for employment or self-employment. Please also click here
Drawing on your own experiences, what are universities, technical institutes, and vocational colleges doing well and what are the key challenges they are facing with respect to any or all of the following:
- Capacity : meeting demand for enrolment, servicing the needs of students and managing their expectations?
- Technical infrastructure : Access to current and emerging Information and communications technology (ICT), software, and high-speed internet?
- Connections with industry: skills audit and curriculum design?
- Widening participation: recruiting students and teachers from under-represented groups?
- Funding: to develop infrastructure, to further research, and to support widening participation through the provision of financial subsidies?
- Quality of education: attracting and retaining talented staff and retaining students for the full duration of their studies?
If you are here from industry or are representing an NGO, your invaluable perspectives are of course most welcome too.