2015 WISE Summit CEO Roundtable

2015 WISE Summit

2015 WISE Summit CEO Roundtable: “Closing the Skills Gap, the Role of Employers: Co-investing in Learning with Higher Education”

“How can employers and higher education institutions best coordinate their investment in education and learning? How do they ensure that students are job-ready, and that employees’ talent and skills are sustained and developed throughout their professional life?”

Thirteen corporate and higher education leaders discuss the pressing need for more collaboration between their two worlds, and express themselves on the challenges they face.   
 

Participants

  • Mr. Rabea Ataya, CEO, Bayt.com
  • Ms. Betsy Brown Ruzzi, Vice President, National Center on Education and the Economy
  • Prof. Edward Crawley, President, Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology
  • Dr. Andrew Hogg, Director of Education, Total 
  • Mr.Roger Kamgaing, Executive Vice President, SGS 
  • Prof. Laoucine Kerbache, Dean and CEO, HEC Qatar
  • Mr. Salvador Medina Chao, Senior Vice President, Banco Santander
  • Mr. Salvatore Nigro, CEO Europe, EFE - Education For Employment 
  • Dr.Gerd Nonneman, Dean, Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Qatar
  • Mr. Eduardo Silveira Mufarej, CEO, Somos Educação 
  • Ms. Neveen El Tahri, Chairperson and Managing Director, Delta Shield for Investment
  • Dr. Oon Seng Tan, Director, NIE - National Institute of Education 
  • Dr. Boqing Wang, Founder and CEO, MyCOS 

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Quotes From Participants

 


“In the Middle East, the average job gets about 500 applicants, yet over 60% of employers are not happy with the skills of the applicants. And 80% of job seekers say that university did not help them at all in their career search”

Mr. Rabea Ataya,
CEO, Bayt.com
 

“There desperately needs to be more engagement, in tertiary education especially, with the workplace, but it has to be good interaction”

“Soft skills are not just for the softies, you know. You have to design a good curriculum, and you have to teach these timeless skills that the student will be able to use, whether they go a company that folds in a year or to a state enterprise that will last forever”. 

Prof. Edward Crawley, President, Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology
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“We need to create platforms for dialogue, so that the outcomes are the ones both sides are looking for.”

Dr. Andrew Hogg, Director of Education, Total 
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“Education is looked at as a period that ends when you enter the company, and actually, there must be ongoing, back and forth communication with the [educational] institution.”


Mr.Roger Kamgaing, Executive Vice President, SGS 


"You don’t just send students for an internship in a company, because the companies don’t know basically what the objectives of the university or school are. So we have to work with them, and we have to design a curriculum with specific outcomes per year."

Prof. Laoucine Kerbache, Dean and CEO, HEC Qatar
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“Santander works with universities around the world. In Spain and Latin America, the expectation of the student is completely different from what we are preparing for. The angle of the student is very important to consider”


Mr. Salvador Medina Chao, Senior Vice President, Banco Santander
 

“Universities, outside the very niche, have no understanding whatsoever of what the employers need. And the employers have no option, they have to work with the people coming out of university. In Brazil, there is a big presence of the internship market mainly which helps to adapt the students to the needs of the work environment and in addition to that provide a tax break on those programs. As a result, most large companies have big internship programs.”


Mr. Eduardo Silveira Mufarej, CEO, Somos Educação 
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“Companies have not very well defined the skills that the new first-time job seekers should have.”


Mr. Salvatore Nigro, CEO Europe, EFE - Education For Employment