First Competitive Education Conference brings together academia, government and business
- November 27, 2015
The conference's goal was to explore cooperation between
Keynote speaker Zoltán Balog, Minister of Human Capacities (who runs a “super-ministry” that includes in its remit education, sports, church affairs, culture, youth and family affairs, social affairs and inclusion and health), pointed out that education is a
The conference was an important milestone in the consultation process AmCham initiated with the government a year ago, and which has already resulted in its “Policy Agenda” document covering the next three-year period. A key element of that agenda concerns Hungary’s human capital, which can be best used only if the demands of the corporate sector and academia are harmonized.
The aim of the event was to determine current problems and available strengths in the field of education and then to present such findings to the prime minister, the ultimate objective
As AmCham Hungary’s President Ferenc Pongrácz stressed, the organization contributes to achieving this goal through its talent-related programs that primarily promote entrepreneurship (“Start your Business!”), language learning and labor market orientation (“Language and Career
Róbert Ésik, the president of HIPA, reminded the conference of why a
A panel discussion on the future of education featured secretaries of state for education, Judit Czunyiné Bertalan, László Odrobina and László Palkovics; director of Hungarian Institute for Educational Research and Development (OFI), József Kaposi; Emese Kovácsné Nagy, university professor and creator of the "Hejőkeresztúr-model"; Judit Zolnay, CEO of Metlife and Norbert Fogarasi, Managing Director of Morgan Stanley.The discussion was moderated by Róbert Bencze, director at PwC.
Secretary of state for public education Dr. Judit Czunyiné Bertalan said there was a need for educating joyful children, capable of success. Secretary of state for higher education Dr. László Palkovics mentioned the importance of successful cooperation between corporations and education. Other professional participants from various fields of education and from companies highlighted critical and creative thinking, cooperation and self-confidence as important skills that education should focus more on. Language and basic financial knowledge were also important, and AmCham’s Language and Career Ambassador Programs were mentioned as best practices.
After a short coffee break Andrea Juhos, AmCham Board member, chair of the Talent Policy Task Force and managing director of LHH talked to teachers about the future of jobs, education and the
The conference also ensured a platform for teachers to exchange information with invited business executives and HR professionals at the “Interactive Corporate Corners” on financial and digital skills, language learning and STEM (science, technology,
Finally, the event hosted three closed roundtable discussions, working out recommendations together with business,
- Language skills - moderated by Krisztina Varga, Board member at AmCham Hungary and Regional Business Operation Manager, Hewlett Packard Enterprises
- Competencies - moderated by Zsolt Fehér, Chairman of the AmCham HR Committee and CEO of Assessments International
- Labour market orientation - moderated by László Szépkúti, Co-chair of the Talent Policy Task Force and HR director of Flex Hungary