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Higher education is critically important for the economic and increasingly social development of the region and the country. Higher education develops leaders, advances scholarship and facilitates knowledge sharing while informing the industry of innovations and new efficiencies through research and development of products and processes. Institutions in the sector need to ensure that they support excellence while maintaining quality relevance and increased impact in the communities they operate in.Has the role of higher education changed? How much are institutions contributing to the economy through direct employment?
In many developed economies, the government and private sector play a major role in improving the quality and quantity of research through direct support. What should the main priorities of the government and private sector be in developing research capability? What incentives could be applied in the region to encourage research that benefits both the institutions and the private sector? How can higher education be repositioned to lead in research and development efforts?
The young higher education sector has an opportunity to develop tailored curricula to meet youth unemployment and under employment and better align with the labour market. There needs to be improved communication and collaboration between education institutions and the private sector to improve educational output in the region.How can market needs be communicated better in to the higher education institutions? What steps can be taken to improve the alignment of post-secondary education output to national economic needs? What are the challenges that institutions are facing in meeting industry needs while operating in a highly-regulated sector?
Setting the tone for the next session, this session will help you put matters in perspective and generate data and statistics to see what practices are in place at higher education institution to improved graduate skills outcomes. See real-time statistics, generated by the audience.
Employers often express concerns about the lack of preparedness of graduates for the workforce. What should be the role of higher education in light of demands from employers? What skills and competencies are employers looking for today and will they be the same in the future? What can higher education institutions do to better prepare students for employment?