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Policy Dialogue #3 - Youth employability in a changing world: how do HEIs adapt to the future of work?

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Publié le 05/02/2021 , HESAM Université, International, Autres actualités

The British Council, University of London Institute in Paris & HESAM Université have the pleasure to invite you to a Franco-British digital conference Policy Dialogue #3 - Youth employability in a changing world: how do HEIs adapt to the future of work? on March 25, 2021 10:30 am (Paris 10:30, GMT+1, 90 mins).


The digital revolution raises many questions about the future of jobs and its consequences for the career paths of the learning community. It is estimated that 65% of children entering primary school today will work in jobs that do not yet exist. Our volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous world (VUCA) highlights the urgent need for higher education institutions and their ecosystems to adapt. Beyond being mere knowledge providers, universities are becoming key players at the crossroads of society and the economic world. HEIs have now to realign their strategies to equip a learning generation with new abilities allowing them to meet the challenges of a skills-based work environment. Simultaneously, the ongoing demand for digital modules has been further strengthened by the Covid-19 crisis. The massive transition to online teaching and learning has highlighted the flexibility of student pathways: a multi-faceted education is on the rise, whereby traditional, Bologna-model academic degrees compete with shorter, skills-based digital learning opportunities.

In such a context:

  • How can HEIs adjust their offer to best prepare their students for a VUCA world?
  • What are the inspiring local initiatives emerging from regional ecosystems that can serve as examples and be replicated in other international contexts?
  • Will portfolio education become the new academic model, meeting the job market and students’ expectations? Is the holistic and universal approach of universities compatible with more fragmented curricula introduced by medals and micro-credentials?
  • Faced with automation and the dwindling of job opportunities, what strategies can HEIs adopt to train the younger generation for more meaningful and added-value careers? How can traditional manual jobs and their training paths reinvent themselves, therefore harnessing the power of digital (craftsmanship; fashion…)?


This event is moderated by Alex TAYLOR. 

10h30 - Opening

Bob LEWIS - France Director, British Council
Tim GORE - Chief Executive Officer, University of London Institute in Paris
& Michel TERRÉ - President, HESAM Université

10h40 - Introductory remarks by 2 keynote speakers  

  1. Foresight on Work 2050: Insights on long-term scenarios by the Millennium Project (in English)
    Cornelia DAHEIM - Founder and Director, Future Impacts Consulting  
  2. Learning in VUCA environments: challenges of HEIs to prepare future-ready students (in English)
    Rose LUCKIN - Professor of Learner Centred Design, UCL Knowledge Lab - UCL Institute of Education and Director, EDUCATE London  

11h25 - Workshops

  1. Regional dynamics : efficient lever for the future of work? Moderated by Alex TAYLOR - Journalist & Host

    - « Au cœur des territoires » training programme: a case study by Le Cnam (in English)
    Thibaut DUCHÊNE- Deputy to the General Manager, Le Cnam and Digital Vice-President, HESAM Université

    - Locally-led research : comparison between 2 programmes
    « 1000 doctorants pour les territoires » and CHASE doctoral training partnership (in English)

    Jordana A.HARRISS - Project Leader «1000 doctorants pour les territoires» and «COLOR CIRCLE, Interreg Europe», HESAM Université
    & Steven COLBURN - Placements & Partnerships Officer, CHASE (Consortium for the Humanities and the Arts South-East England)

  2. The challenge ahead: will HEIs seize the opportunity of portfolio education? 
    Moderated by Kate DAUBNEY - Director of The Careers Group & Director of Centre of Excellence for Careers and Employability, University of London

    - HEI positioning on micro-credentials and badges (in English)
    Liz WILKINSON - Senior Careers Consultant at the University of London, former Head of Careers at Royal Holloway,
    Olivier WITTORSKI - VP Partnerships France and French speaking countries, FutureLearn,
    & Serge RAVET - Reconnaître-Open Recognition Alliance President
  3. How HEIs best prepare to the future of work?
    Moderated by Gilbert AZOULAY - General Director, News Tank Education  

    - Industry 4.0: what is the recipe for success? (in French & English)
    Laurent CHAMPANEY - General Manager, Arts et Métiers and Vice-President Conférence des Grandes Ecoles
    & Patrick DOFFEMONT - Head of the Transmission Institute, Compagnons du Devoir et du Tour de France

    -Reinventing arts and design education: creative careers in the new world order (in English)
    Pierre LEVY - Assistant professor at the Department of Industrial Design, Eindhoven University of Technology and Co-founder, European Kansei Group
    & Siân PRIME - Deputy Director of the Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship, Goldsmiths, and Academic Lead : Enterprise

12h10 - Wrap-up and conclusion 

Practical information

Policy Dialogue #3 - Youth employability in a changing world: how do HEIs adapt to the future of work?
on March 25, 2021 10:30 am (Paris 10:30, GMT+1, 90 mins).

A Franco-British digital conference for HEIs, institutions, students, local authorities & companies.

Registration before March 22, 2021 :
The webinar link will be sent a few days before the event.

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