Essence of the Summit
In December 2016, the World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) published a Call to Action white paper commenting on the current state of the Global Skills Gap with the following concluding statement:
“Often ignored when discussing the Global Skills Gap and the Future of Work are the cognitive/non-cognitive skills (soft skills) necessary for success. These skills consist of subjects such as teamwork, empathy, interpersonal relationships, commitment and work ethics. In the Digital Age these skills are not stressed but much in demand.”
In a recent survey in Bangladesh, fifty employers commented in resonance that the in demand skills gaps in graduates is that they lack thinking skills, communications skills and a sense of responsibility or ownership. So the greater concern now is whether graduating students are employable rather than the state of unemployment in a country. Cognitive and non-cognitive skills are demanded by any employer whatever the subject of expertise and more so in the fast moving Digital Age.
The purpose of the conference is to address the skills gap by launching educational products and educational methods that inculcate thinking skills, interpersonal skills, personal skills, communication skills and a sense of ownership and responsibility. As such the conference theme is: Developing Employability and Soft Skills among Graduates.
In view of the need of the day, emphasis is on incorporating soft skills in the existing curriculum, re-examining pedagogy that inculcates ownership of learning and develops thinking skills, helps incorporating interpersonal and personal skills. The idea behind the conference is to examine the challenges behind effective development of these skills in students who are habitual rote learners and educational systems that perpetuate such a mind set and thereby play a pivotal role to launch educational products and training of trainers on innovative pedagogy that addresses these issues.
Objectives of the Summit
- To create a platform for the academics, researchers, employers and graduates for networking and discussing the skills gap agenda;
- To share the research innovations and recent developments for improving employability and soft skills among the graduates;
- To provide an avenue for the training of trainers on innovative educational products and projects.
- To allow launching of products through agreements between partnering universities.
Areas for Writing Papers
Papers are invited in the following areas, but not limited to the same:
- Global skills gap and failure of teaching methods to address these gaps
- Teaching methods that inculcate critical thinking practices and develop ownership
- Creativity and techniques that engage the brain
- Employability Vs. Unemployment
- Hard and Soft Employability Skills
- Meeting employers’ expectations
- Counseling and mentoring of the students & graduates
- Designing and developing professional career
- Training Needs Assessment (TNA)
- Training of trainers (ToT)
- Industry-Academia Relationship
- Innovative educational products
- Tertiary education in developing and developed countries
- Incorporation of soft-skills in the academic curricula – examination of educational products and methods
- Role of Government, university administration, and faculties for developing graduates
- Sustainable education for employability and sustainability