Events

7th ADB International Skills Forum

12 December 2017 to 14 December 2017
Mandaluyong
Philippines

How do education and training systems respond to the rapid changes in technology? How will education and training transform to help equip future workers to co-exist with and manage machines in creating new opportunities? 

The 7th ADB International Skills Forum: Anticipating and Preparing for Emerging Skills and Jobs took a holistic approach to different types of skills that employers are looking for and how the education and training systems are responding to rapidly changing requirements in light of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The Forum gathered policymakers, practitioners, and experts to discuss how rapid changes in technology, urbanization, and demographics is impacting skills and jobs.

The forum aimed to:

  • showcase transformational practices to equip the youth with employable life skills;
  • invite representatives from government, private sector, and other partners involved in education and training to showcase innovative good practices; and
  • inspire experts and developing member countries’ counterparts, and promote collaboration with key stakeholders to incorporate new approaches to design and implement innovative projects and programs in education and training.
Program and Learning Materials: 
Date Session / Activity Presentation Material Speaker(s)
12 Dec 2017 Opening Remarks Bambang Susantono
12 Dec 2017 Forum Objectives and Introduction Brajesh Panth
12 Dec 2017 Keynote Address The Future of Work: Is This Time Different?
What skills are most critical for future jobs in light of the rapid changes in technology and development in automation, artificial intelligence...
Carl Benedikt Frey
12 Dec 2017 Keynote Address Entrepreneurship in the Education Industry and the Fourth Industrial Revolution
The US Department of Labor reveals that 65% of children in elementary school today will have jobs that do not exist yet. Learn how the Fourth...
Paul Kim
12 Dec 2017 Session 1A - Effective Models of K-12 Schools Care Foundation: Changing Lives through Education
Pakistan has the second largest population of out-of-school children in the world. As a pioneer of public and private school partnerships...
Seema Aziz
12 Dec 2017 Session 1A - Effective Models of K-12 Schools Essentials Over Peripherals: The Central Visayan Institute Foundation Dynamic Learning Program
With process-induced learning as its pedagogical approach, the Dynamic Learning Program of the Central Visayan Institute Foundation improves...
Christopher Bernido, Maria Victoria Carpio-Bernido
12 Dec 2017 Session 1A - Effective Models of K-12 Schools Extramarks
By tailoring instruction to each student's unique needs, current understanding, and interests while ensuring that all responses subscribe...
Karunn Kandoi
12 Dec 2017 Session 1B - Transformational TVET: International Partnership for Quality Assurance TAFE Queensland International Engagement Models
TAFE Queensland actively works in partnerships with international clients, including governments, industries, and institutions from over ...
Janelle Chapman
12 Dec 2017 Session 1B - Transformational TVET: International Partnership for Quality Assurance Can Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Deliver on its Promise? Assuring Quality in TVET
Is technical and vocational education and training (TVET) keeping up with a world in constant motion? Addressing the make-or-break question...
Oliver Haas
12 Dec 2017 Session 1B - Transformational TVET: International Partnership for Quality Assurance Technical and Vocational Education and Training Excellence Journey: The Singapore Experience
ITE Education Services in Singapore, since 1995, has developed five-yearly strategic roadmaps for organizational transformation. This presentation...
Bruce Poh
12 Dec 2017 Session 1B - Transformational TVET: International Partnership for Quality Assurance Quality Benchmarking and Accrediting TVET Institutions
The status of accreditation of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in the Asia Pacific region is not standardized and ...
Ramhari Laminchane
12 Dec 2017 Session 1C - What It Means to Develop a World Class University: Innovative Models Collaborative Innovation between Shenzhen City Government and Tsinghua University
Global megatrends create a continuous need for transition. The increasing complexity this phenomenon brings calls the need for ecosystem ...
Feiyu Kang
12 Dec 2017 Session 1C - What It Means to Develop a World Class University: Innovative Models Singapore Management University
Located at the heart of Singapore’s financial and civic district, Singapore Management University is a pioneer in interactive pedagogy where...
Annie Koh
12 Dec 2017 Session 1C - What It Means to Develop a World Class University: Innovative Models Universities for the Digital Age: Example of the State University of New York in Korea
Education, as the basic process of the information age, was the key success factor in the digitization of telephone networks and the development...
James Larson
12 Dec 2017 Session 1C - What It Means to Develop a World Class University: Innovative Models Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
This presentation identifies 15 guidelines for building a new university of science and technology and creating an innovative model of university...
Gerard Postiglione
12 Dec 2017 Session 2 - Panel Discussion: How to Prepare the Workforce in a Rapidly Changing World Stephen P. Groff, Nader Imani, Annie Koh, Joe Liu, Ambe Tierro
12 Dec 2017 Session 3 - Innovation Marketplace Funzi: Mobile Learning for Everyone
How can mobile services help the workforce remain relevant? How can we make education services be both accessible and fun? 
Aape Pohjavirta
12 Dec 2017 Session 3 - Innovation Marketplace Scaling People, Not Things: Teachers at the Heart of Change
To scale in education is to build learning communities where teachers, who are at the heart of change, are both the product and process of...
David Hung
12 Dec 2017 Session 3 - Innovation Marketplace Care Foundation: Changing Lives through Education
Pakistan has the second largest population of out-of-school children in the world. As a pioneer of public and private school partnerships...
Seema Aziz
12 Dec 2017 Session 3 - Innovation Marketplace Learning Equality
Around 617 million children and youth are not achieving minimum proficiency in reading and mathematics. Meanwhile, less than half of the...
Aron Asor
12 Dec 2017 Session 3 - Innovation Marketplace Exscitec
Exscitec creates and manages events and projects for educators, government, industry, and young people. Check out how Exscitec is relevant...
Alan West
12 Dec 2017 Session 3 - Innovation Marketplace Edukasyon.ph
Edukasyon.ph is a social enterprise in the education technology sector, with a mission of democratizing access to higher education. Find ...
Henry Motte-Muñoz
12 Dec 2017 Session 3 - Innovation Marketplace ULearning Karen Pena
12 Dec 2017 Session 3 - Innovation Marketplace The Asia Foundation
The Asia Foundation has transformed thousands of lives through a broad range of evidence-based programs that focus on expanding...
Sofia Shakil
12 Dec 2017 Session 3 - Innovation Marketplace Building Innovation Skills for the Youth
Anshul Sonak shares Intel's initiatives in preparing Asia's youth for the global workforce. This presentation was part of the Transformational...
Anshul Sonak
12 Dec 2017 Session 3 - Innovation Marketplace TVEC Sri Lanka Vajira Perera
12 Dec 2017 Session 3 - Innovation Marketplace Coursera
What does the rise of online courses mean for us? Check out this material presented by Matthew Klein, Coursera's Manager for International...
Matthew Klein
12 Dec 2017 Session 3 - Innovation Marketplace Technical and Vocational Education and Training Excellence Journey: The Singapore Experience
ITE Education Services in Singapore, since 1995, has developed five-yearly strategic roadmaps for organizational transformation. This presentation...
Bruce Poh
12 Dec 2017 Session 3 - Innovation Marketplace Digibayanihan
Discover how Digibayanihan, an innovative digital empowerment movement, is promoting digital literacy of Filipinos. 
Mansi Arora
12 Dec 2017 Session 3 - Innovation Marketplace JobKred
Skill-gaps occur in the market when the supply could no longer meet the demand. One of the main reasons behind skills-gaps is the failure...
Gary Gan
12 Dec 2017 Session 3 - Innovation Marketplace Institution of Diploma Engineers Bangladesh AKMA Hamid
12 Dec 2017 Reflections on the First Day of the Forum Jost Wagner
Date Session / Activity Presentation Material Speaker(s)
13 Dec 2017 Keynote Address Entrepreneurship and Leadership
Since it was established, Rags2Riches has trained more than 1,000 artisans and partnered with five designers. Learn how this Philippine-based...
Reese Fernandez-Ruiz
13 Dec 2017 Session 4A - Promoting Entrepreneurship and Leadership Skills Promoting Entrepreneurship and Innovation: Contemporary Debate
The World Employment Social Outlook 2017 reveals that considerable job contraction happens in non-innovative low-skilled firms, suggesting...
Hideki Kagohashi
13 Dec 2017 Session 4A - Promoting Entrepreneurship and Leadership Skills Shifting Power: Women Entrepreneurs' Leadership
Women’s economic participation and leadership could increase Asia Pacific Gross Domestic Product by over $50 billion while also reducing ...
Jane Sloane
13 Dec 2017 Session 4A - Promoting Entrepreneurship and Leadership Skills Building Entrepreneurship and Technology Leadership Skills
What makes a technology start up very exciting? In this presentation, Thinking Machine’s Stephanie Sy shares an overview of...
Stephanie Sy
13 Dec 2017 Session 4A - Promoting Entrepreneurship and Leadership Skills Financial Education for SMEs: Case of Japan
While there is no specific national strategy for financial education of Small and Medium Enterprises in Japan, financial education is embedded...
Peter Morgan
13 Dec 2017 Session 4B - Panel Discussion on Addressing Challenges in Human Resource Development in Developing Countries Developing Socioemotional Skills for the Philippines' Labor Market Gabriel Demombynes
13 Dec 2017 Session 4B - Panel Discussion on Addressing Challenges in Human Resource Development in Developing Countries Jobs and Technology: Implications for Education and Skills Development
The development of skills—part of human capital—is an essential driver of economic growth and inclusion. Skills raise the productivity of...
Rana Hasan
13 Dec 2017 Session 4B - Panel Discussion on Addressing Challenges in Human Resource Development in Developing Countries Skills and Human Capital for Innovation
It is well-established that innovation is the new source of growth. Asia has the potential to cope as it has already spurred demand for biotech...
Shanti Jagannathan
13 Dec 2017 Session 4B - Panel Discussion on Addressing Challenges in Human Resource Development in Developing Countries Swiss Vocational and Education Training Engagement in Indonesia
What can we learn from the vocational and education training (VET) experience of Indonesia? In this presentation, Martin Stottele, Head of...
Martin Stottele
13 Dec 2017 Session 5A - Large Scale Reforms in K-12 Implementation of Technology Stream in Schools Rathnayakage Karunasiri
13 Dec 2017 Session 5A - Large Scale Reforms in K-12 School Sector Development Plan Deepak Sharma
13 Dec 2017 Session 5A - Large Scale Reforms in K-12 SESIP: The Investment Program Shipon Kumar Das
13 Dec 2017 Session 5A - Large Scale Reforms in K-12 K-12 Reforms in Southeast Asia
Six to ten years of basic education are no longer enough to gain core competencies required in the era of rapid technology transformation...
Ayako Inagaki
13 Dec 2017 Session 5B - Transformational TVET: Dual Training K to 12 PLUS Project Philippines
The K to 12 initiative of the Philippine Government aims to implement changes in the education system and curricula in line with its new ...
Andreas Dernbach
13 Dec 2017 Session 5B - Transformational TVET: Dual Training Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry Human Resources Development Foundation, Inc. Alberto Fenix, Jr.
13 Dec 2017 Session 5B - Transformational TVET: Dual Training Austrian State Approved Apprentice Training for the Sany- Palfinger Joint Venture
This apprentice program assists students from Austria in gaining and improving skills using a dual apprentice system and alternative settings...
Doreen Anette Ullrich
13 Dec 2017 Session 5B - Transformational TVET: Dual Training Transformational TVET: Dual Training Luz Victoria Amponin
13 Dec 2017 Session 5C - Models of Partnership in Higher Education The Swiss Model of Partnership in Higher Education
Switzerland runs bilateral programs for international collaboration in higher education. Selected Swiss universities implement ...
Barbara Becker
13 Dec 2017 Session 5C - Models of Partnership in Higher Education The University of the South Pacific: 21st Century Partnerships for Skills
The University of the South Pacific (USP) is a unique model for multinational partnership on higher education. USP is owned by 12 Pacific...
Rajesh Chandra
13 Dec 2017 Session 5C - Models of Partnership in Higher Education University Strategic Partnerships : ITB Experience
The Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB) is one of the leading universities in Indonesia. It has partnered with over 40 countries and 350 foreign...
Bambang Riyanto Trilaksono
13 Dec 2017 Session 5C - Models of Partnership in Higher Education Forming Surprising Alliances Through Partnerships in Higher Education Lucas Walsh
13 Dec 2017 Session 6A - ICT Enabled Teaching and Learning in K-12 Shifting Teacher’s ‘Indigenous’ Beliefs
Scaling is often defined as multiplying a product or innovation. This prevalent view is inherited from traditional manufacturing industry...
David Hung
13 Dec 2017 Session 6A - ICT Enabled Teaching and Learning in K-12 Learning Equality: Bringing the Online Learning Revolution Offline
Digital online educational resources are widely available to those who have reliable access to the internet. There are 4.3 billion people...
Elizabeth Vu
13 Dec 2017 Session 6A - ICT Enabled Teaching and Learning in K-12 Project EEO BULT: Enhancing Education Based on ICT
Learn about Project Equal Educational Opportunity by U-Learning Technology (EEO BULT), which aims to enhance education at all levels based...
Cavin Shin
13 Dec 2017 Session 6B - Transformational TVET: Promoting Good Jobs Empowerment through the Center of Technology : Increasing Student Competitiveness
Strengthening the facility and capacity development program in vocational education may help improve student competitiveness. The gap between...
Zainal Arief
13 Dec 2017 Session 6B - Transformational TVET: Promoting Good Jobs Tech Mahindra Foundation
A skills training program in India is known for its industry-specific curriculum that uses no visual aids, rolls out comprehensive on-the...
Loveelen Kacker
13 Dec 2017 Session 6B - Transformational TVET: Promoting Good Jobs JobStart Philippines: Facilitating Youth School to Work Transition Ruth Rodriguez
13 Dec 2017 Session 6B - Transformational TVET: Promoting Good Jobs University-Industry Linkage in Hunan Province
Effective and successful skills programs can bridge the gap between demand and supply of skills by forging partnerships with employers. Learn...
Wei Ha
13 Dec 2017 Session 6C - Transformations of Digital Learning Chatbots for Learning Kinetic Coach
By automating two key components in education–psychomotor training and facilitated learning–there is potential to relook how young people...
Michael Choy
13 Dec 2017 Session 6C - Transformations of Digital Learning Digital Learning 2.0: Mobile, Participatory Micro-Learning So-Young Kang
13 Dec 2017 Session 6C - Transformations of Digital Learning Coursera
What does the rise of online courses mean for us? Check out this material presented by Matthew Klein, Coursera's Manager for International...
Matthew Klein
13 Dec 2017 Session 6C - Transformations of Digital Learning AWS Educate
With the increasing demand for cloud employees, AWS Educate provides an academic gateway for the next generation of IT and cloud...
Vincent Quah
13 Dec 2017 Regional Group Meetings: Emerging Priorities, Good Practices, and Partnerships
Date Session / Activity Presentation Material Speaker(s)
14 Dec 2017 Keynote Address Technology and eLearning
What are the necessary skills to remain relevant in the society of the future? Aape Pohjavirta, founder of award-winning mobile service Funzi...
Aape Pohjavirta
14 Dec 2017 Session 7A - Transformational EdTech Transformational EdTech Meriem Kellou
14 Dec 2017 Session 7A - Transformational EdTech Switch Maven's Coding Boot Camps and Blockchain Technology Applications in Education
Switch Maven's coding boot camps and blockchain technology are boosting the education sector. Raman Nambiar of Switch Maven...
Raman Nambiar
14 Dec 2017 Session 7A - Transformational EdTech Funzi: Mobile Learning for Everyone
How can mobile services help the workforce remain relevant? How can we make education services be both accessible and fun? 
Aape Pohjavirta
14 Dec 2017 Session 7A - Transformational EdTech Building Innovation Skills for the Youth
Anshul Sonak shares Intel's initiatives in preparing Asia's youth for the global workforce. This presentation was part of the Transformational...
Anshul Sonak
14 Dec 2017 Session 7B - Technology Platform for Bridging Skills-Gaps Future of e-Learning in a VUCA World
Learning technology has been evolving at rapid speed in keeping up with increasing learner and organizational demands. LinkedIn...
Ricardo Duran
14 Dec 2017 Session 7B - Technology Platform for Bridging Skills-Gaps JobKred's Technology Platform for Bridging Skills Gaps
Singapore-based start-up JobKred is making effective use of ICTs to bridge the skills gap in the workforce. JobKred is using...
Gary Gan
14 Dec 2017 Session 7B - Technology Platform for Bridging Skills-Gaps PinoyTravel's Technology Platforms for Bridging Skills Gap Au Soriano
14 Dec 2017 Session 7B - Technology Platform for Bridging Skills-Gaps Plan International's Technology Platform for Bridging Skills Gaps
Plan International is focusing on the economic empowerment of young people using digital technologies. John Trew shares ...
John Trew
14 Dec 2017 Session 7C - Cross Sectoral Collaboration for Skills Development An Indonesia Solution to Skills Training for the Renewable Energy Sector
Indonesia’s energy sources are growing to meet the demand, but still not enough to provide universal access. The country has set ambitious...
Nathan Hart, Mae Chu Chang
14 Dec 2017 Session 7C - Cross Sectoral Collaboration for Skills Development European Training Foundation
The European Training Foundation shares trends in cross-sectoral cooperation in skills development, along with examples and lessons. ...
Cesare Onestini
14 Dec 2017 Session 7C - Cross Sectoral Collaboration for Skills Development Lessons Learned from the Canadian Experience to Support Asia's Development
Growth path for Asian countries requires moving from a low-technology and skills model to a higher technology skills model. This presentation...
Alain Roy
14 Dec 2017 Session 7C - Cross Sectoral Collaboration for Skills Development Cross Sectoral Collaboration for Skills Development: A Case Study From Thailand Siriphan Sasat
14 Dec 2017 Reflections and Way Forward Brajesh Panth and Jost Wagner
14 Dec 2017 Closing Remarks Amy Leung