International Conference
on
Skills Readiness for Achieving SDGs Adopting IR 4.0

Quality TVET | Technopreneurship | Growth Acceleration

02-04 February 2020, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Background:

The Institution of Diploma Engineers, Bangladesh (IDEB) is the largest professional organization in Bangladesh, working for the professional development of it’s member engineers’ as well as the mass people of the nation. IDEB is contributing in economic and social development of the citizen, work for creating better professional environment among professionals as well as establishing knowledge and skills based society since the establishment on 8 November, 1970 with the a philosophy of “protect the interest of the nation –through the establishment of individual’s rights”

The Colombo Plan Staff College (CPSC) is a unique Inter-Governmental Organization for human resources development in Asia and the Pacific Region. As a specialized agency of the Colombo Plan System, CPSC is mandated to enhance the quality of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) in its member countries through the planning and implementation of demand-driven training programs; research and development, information dissemination and consultancy activities in the region. CPSC has become a vibrant forum in facilitating the improvement of TVET systems among its active member countries- Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Fiji, India, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Thailand.

IDEB and CPSC jointly organized several international conferences in Bangladesh. The International conference on “TVET for sustainable development” and “Skills for the Future World of Work and TVET for Global Competitiveness” were organized in 2015 and 2017 respectively. Both the conferences were inaugurated by the visionary leader of Bangladesh Her Excellency Sheikh Hasina, the Honorable Prime Minister of Bangladesh. The mentioned conferences were organized in cooperation with the Technical and Madrasha Education Division under Ministry of Education of Bangladesh. Directorate of Technical Education (DTE), Bangladesh Technical Education Board (BTEB), Skills and Training Enhancement Project (STEP), Access to Information (a2i), the then National Skill Development Council (NSDC), Palli Karma Sahayak Foundation (PKSF), International Labour Organization (ILO), ESD-Australia, International Organization for Migration (IOM), Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training (BMET), Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce & Industries (FBCCI) and Bangladesh Employers Federation (BEF) were the co-partners of the conference.

Part of this continuous effort, IDEB and CPSC planned to organize another International Conference on “Skills Readiness for Achieving SDGs & Adopting IR 4.0” on 02-04 February 2020 in Dhaka, Bangladesh in association with Technical and Madrasah Education Division, under Ministry of Education, Government of Bangladesh.

The conference will bring together senior officials from different Ministry of Bangladesh Government, researchers from home and different part of the world including the prominent personalities of TVET and Skills development policy makers, Member Engineers of IDEB, TVET researchers, practitioners, educationists, entrepreneurs, innovators and employers from different sector of the economy for exchange of information, knowledge and know-how regarding technopreneurship, Quality TVET and skills requirements for fourth industrial revolution and economic Growth Acceleration.

Rationale of the Conference theme:

The changing world context specially the demographic dividend issues and impact of technological shifting revolved and concentrated within some very influencing keyword like Skills, technopreneurship, IR 4.0 and SDGs, those are directly related with the theme and focus area of the upcoming International Conference “Skills Readiness for Achieving SDGs & Adopting IR 4.0”. Fourth industrial revolution is characterized by the fusion and amplification of emerging technology breakthroughs in artificial intelligence, automation and robotics, multiplied by the far-reaching connectivity between billions of people with mobile devices with unprecedented access to data and knowledge. As a result, changes in the job pattern is creating pressure on business, and industry in term of quality, decent work and social inclusion.

The word skill may be explained as the ability in the form of art, know-how, maneuver, strategy, tactic, expertise, competence, technique and practice usually involving cognitive, psychomotor and attitude for performing an activity in the prescribed manner for achieving desired output/outcome within a specific time (A. Rafique,2017). The word readiness means state of preparedness of persons, systems, or organizations to meet future demand and carry out a planned sequence of actions. Readiness is based on thoroughness of the planning, adequacy and training of the personnel, and supply and reserve of support services or systems.

So, skills readiness refers the prepared for future learning and ready to meet 21st century workforce demands.

Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) is the master key for the socio-economic development of a country. The graduates of TVET are considering major as the key changer in labour market. For the global competitiveness, TVET graduates should have 21st century skills as well as the adoption ability of the disruption of Industrial Revolution 4.0, otherwise in near future no one will get jobs and sustain in job market for a longer period of time. Poor quality in TVET can mislead us to poor products and services and dissatisfied the customers.

Economic development activities under SDGs in developing and developed countries need to be tag on balancing between the need of humanity as well as protecting the planet which are now coming as a big question to the nations and shaken us continuously. The disruptive new models of Industry 4.0 constantly expanding opportunities for production and improvement of businesses Question is that how will IR 4.0 affect sustainable development and will they manage to put humanity’s future in the spotlight?

Technopreneurship is a new breed of entrepreneurship understood in a technology incentive context. It is a process of merging technology prowess and entrepreneurial talent and skills. A technopreneur is an technology savvy, creative, innovative, dynamic, dares to different and very passionate about their work. Technopreneurs could combine the power of technology with the spirit of entrepreneurship.They create new products that can be sold by new businesses.

Report by the International Labour Organization estimates that automation will replace the jobs of 137 million people in Southeast Asia within the next 20 years. Since, TVET is widely recognized as a vital driving force for socio-economic growth and technical development of nations. Therefore, in order to ensure the quality of the TVET, first and foremost, countries need to address the issue of continued and improved training in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects, as well as investment in Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs). Many countries like Bangladesh have taken the initiative to expand and focus on these areas over the past several years, yet continued efforts are needed to expand existing facilities, as well as improve human resource and management capacity.

However, for instance, creative problem-solving, people management, and social intelligence remain significant bottlenecks to machine learning and artificial intelligence. This means that ‘soft’ skills (i.e. transversal competencies or 21st century skills) will increase in value as these fields mature. Therefore, for policymakers, by bridging critical thinking and problem-solving with technology inclusive entrepreneurship programs may be positioned to generate the kinds of intuitive thinkers that understand the future.

Economic Growth depends on various factors. The key factor for growth acceleration is quality human capital. Following the steps of strategic workforce plan and 3 dimension of TVET governance, use of innovative idea and technologies for growth accelaration, development of classified skilled workforce and investment in human capital can improve the quality workforce productivity as well as the product and services for sustainability. So, quality education and training through quality teachers are the prime factor for adopting and adapting upcoming 4th IR for growth Acceleration within 2030.

Considering the mentioned context, IDEB focuses on addressing the current issues and challenges related to skills, technology and employment and try to extract the solutions for guiding the nations. To address these trends, based on the encouraging responses of the participants from the CPSC member countries and success of the joint conference in 2015 and 2017, the IDEB and CPSC has planned to organize the international conference jointly in Bangladesh on the theme “Skills Readiness for Achieving SDGs & Adopting IR 4.0” in February 2020. The conference will cover issues of emerging technologies and industry, the types of skills needed to succeed in a fast-changing world, the role of technopreneurship and private and public sector investment in industry as well as ensuring quality TVET through the innovative strategies for future changes in skills and work.

Objectives:

The main objective of the conference is to hold seminars and policy dialogue in order to understand how developing and developed countries can respond to and prepare for taking potentiality of technopreneurship and facing as well as adapting 4th Industrial Revolution for quality TVET and sustainable economic growth of the nations.

The conference will be a combination of presentations, panel discussions, group discussions and roundtable policy dialogue, as structured to allow participants to share knowledge and experiences of practicing strategies, the potentialities and challenges need to be adopted for sustainable future TVET.

The conference will be based on following overarching sub themes:

1. The challenges and opportunity for adopting IR 4.0
  • Impact of Emerging technologies that characterize the 4th IR
  • Country-specific and regional development strategies for Adapting 4th IR
  • Labour-market trends, global supply chains system
  • Sector wise approach for adopting IR 4.0
  • Strategies for adopting IR 4.0
2. 21st Century skills for Achieving Sustainable Development Goal
  • Strategic Workforce plan for achieving SDGs
  • Qualification framework and Mutual Recognition Agreement for workforce mobility
  • Skills and competencies for Growth Acceleration
  • 21st century TVET teachers for Achieving SDGs
  • Workforce sustainability and competitiveness
  • Strategies for equal and inclusive economic growth
3. Quality TVET for Skill Readiness
  • TVET Quality Indicators for ensuring Students learning
  • Quality Institute, Teachers & System of TVET
  • Curriculum design & innovation
  • Monitoring & Evaluation in TVET
  • TVET Governance Structure Reframed
  • Industry Institute Linkage
4. Technopreneurship for employment and growth acceleration
  • Global trends of Entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurship with and without technical know-how
  • Technopreneurship for adapting 4th IR and growth acceleration
  • Role of the Public and private sector in technopreneurship development
  • Technopreneurship in Curriculum and require skill set for technopreneurship
  • Technopreneurship as a tool of employability
5. Expected Outcome / Output of the conference
  • Conference declaration agreed
  • The TVET and Skills Network established
  • Compendium booklet
  • Conference report with recommendation
  • Journal incorporated accepted papers
6. Tentative conference Events
01 Feb'20 :
  • Pre conference rapport building dinner with selected guests including cultural programme
02 Feb'20 :
  • Inaugural ceremony and outline the conference objectives and aspects to the guests
  • Presentation of key note papers and the welcome dinner in evening
03 Feb'20 :
  • Presentation of the selected papers in plenary Session
  • Presentation of the selected papers in parallel sessions
  • Round table policy dialogue
04 Feb'20 :
  • Presentation of the selected papers in parallel sessions
  • Round table policy dialogue for Dhaka Declaration
  • Visit of the Resource Persons to the National Parliament House/ Bangabandhu Memorial Museum and Dhaka Mohila Polytechnic Institute in Dhaka
  • Closing session, Dhaka declaration followed by cultural evening and dinner