The International Conference on “Skills Readiness for Achieving SDG & Adopting IR 4.0” will take place on February 2-4, 2020 at the Institution of Diploma Engineers Bangladesh (IDEB) in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The event is jointly organized by IDEB and the Colombo Plan Staff College (CPSC) in Manila, Philippines, and in association with the Ministry of Education (MoE)-Government of Bangladesh, Directorate of Technical Education (DTE), and Bangladesh Technical Education Board as co-partners.
The changing world context, especially the demographic dividend issues and impact of technological shifting, revolved and concentrated within some very influencing keyword like skills, technopreneurship, Industrial Revolution 4.0 (IR 4.0), and Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). These are directly related with the theme and focus areas of the upcoming event.
Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) is considered as the master key for ensuring the socio-economic sustainable development of any country in the present world (Bonn Declaration 2004). TVET graduates are to be prepared as mid-level skilled manpower who will be the key factor for enhancing productivity, and ensuring growth of acceleration for any country. For readiness on global competitiveness, the TVET graduates should have competencies which meets the required 21st century skills and can face the challenges of IR 4.0.
SDGs are integral parts of economic development in all countries, even when attention is driven away from it. The balance between the need of humanity to produce, and the desire to not destroy the planet in the process, is constantly questioned and shaken. With the disruptive new models that IR 4.0 has shown to the world, and the constantly expanding opportunities for technologies, production, and improvement of the way businesses function, the question of sustainability stands. How will the new IR 4.0 initiatives 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-motivated context. Technopreneurs are riding on the wings of technology all around the globe to reshape, remodel and reinvent the way we live, work, play, learn, communicate, manufacture; name it … the possibilities are endless.
Entrepreneurship in general is a key driver of any economy. Wealth and a high majority of jobs are created by small businesses started by entrepreneurially-minded individuals, which eventually grow into big and even multi-national companies.
IR 4.0 is characterized by the fusion and amplification of emerging technology breakthroughs in artificial intelligence, automation and robotics, which are then multiplied by the far-reaching connectivity between billions of people through mobile devices with unprecedented access to data and knowledge. As a result, changes in skill requirements and the organization of work will create pressure on businesses and industries’ job quality, decent work, and social inclusion.
Hence, TVET is widely recognized as a vital driving force for socio-economic growth and technical development of nations. The most important feature of TVET is the emphasis of its curriculum on the acquisition of employable skills with an orientation towards the world of work. However, poor quality of TVET systems can lead to wasteful processes, poor products and services, and dissatisfied customers. Therefore, the quality of TVET’s youth-focused programmes will ultimately be determined by knowledge of ‘what works’ and the quality management tools used, which are vital tools to address workforce concerns, such as the possible automation of the jobs of 137 million people in Southeast Asia in the next 20 years according to a report from the International Labour Organization (ILO).
Economic growth helps improve the standards of living and reduce poverty. However, growth doesn’t occur in isolation. Events in a country or region can have a significant effect on growth prospects in another. Economic growth and development depends on a number of aspects, with quality human capital as one of the key factors which eventually leads to quality skilled workforce.
IDEB and CPSC considered the mentioned contexts, and kept its focus on addressing the current and future issues and challenges related to skills, technology and employment, while extracting solutions for possible guidance of different countries. Based on the success of the joint conference in 2015 and 2017 and the encouraging responses from its participants, IDEB and CPSC have jointly organized the International Conference with the theme “Skills Readiness for Achieving SDG & Adopting IR 4.0”. The conference will tackle issues on emerging technologies and industries, types of skills needed to succeed in a fast-changing world, the role of technopreneurship, private and public sector investment in the industry and in TVET, and how to plan TVET strategies for future changes in skills and work.
We believe and hope that this conference will contribute to the development of new knowledge and replicable models that could be applicable to both developed and developing countries.
On behalf of the Conference Steering Committee, we are inviting you to participate in this important event. We look forward to welcoming you in Bangladesh.
A K M A Hamid
Chairman, Conference Steering Committee
Ramhari Lamichhane, PhD
Director General, CPSC
Co-Chairman, Conference Steering Committee