July 14, 2020

Education and the role of government – by Tram Anh Nguyen

Welcome you to participate to an academic and industry paper.

COVID-19 has accelerated the growth of digitalisation in organisations. This may result in the widening of skills gap for the whole population. Working with the government in educating the workforce and bridging this gap has never been more important.

Access to education is not only a fundamental human right, it also has a significant positive impact on society both economically and in terms of social well-being.

In the UK, recent estimates suggest that each additional year of education is associated with an 18 per cent – 35 per cent higher GDP per capita. While resources have been notoriously tight over the last few years, governments typically stand to get more back from their investment in education as compared to how much they fund in the first place. 

Whilst education investment is important, it is also important to think about the disruption of workforces caused by A.I technologies and automation. This makes lifelong learning now more essential than ever, as employees stand the risk of losing relevance and competitiveness within the industry if they are not up to date with recent developments. Thus, public policy needs to ask how adequately education and training systems are also addressing the needs of adults that require upskilling.

This makes it quite clear that education is a crucial social resource. 

I would like to call for policy makers, experts, academics to contribute to an academic paper and to discuss the different methods in which governments have been supporting the digitization of their learning policies. 

From certification to implementation, subsidies to innovation fostering. Your submission will need to articulate the ways & tools available for governmental leverage to catalyse this transition towards online education. Ideas would lead to some of the discussions around: 

  • Best practices for efficient and affordable education system that leverages on digital and traditional methods
  • Frameworks for adult education and lifelong learning in an environment of fast changing skills requirements
  • Examples of high impact initiatives that leverage on technologies, whether in secondary, higher or professional education
  • Best practices of collaboration between government, public and private institutions to successfully transform education
  • Approaches to identify relevant competencies and skills in shorter technology cycles

Other topics are welcome too, provided they address the role of government in the transformation of education / lifelong learning. 

1. Government and methodology of upskilling workforce to stay relevant. Share some of the solutions and highlight best practices to implement a digital education programme at the scale of a country. 

2. The experience of analysing education policy within a social, economic and political context

3. Showcase potential alternative models of education within institutional and non-institutional contexts

For anyone interested, please be in touch with me and we can discuss the academic and industry paper: [email protected]

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