Studying abroad and a foosball table are not the cure-all
- May 05, 2017
On 4 May 2017 more than 200 corporate, governmental and education experts and students gathered at the III. Competitive Education Conference at the InterContinental Hotel in order to examine labor market’s expectations about education, the areas to be developed, as well as the possible fields of cooperation between the particular participants. In 2015 AmCham and the Hungarian Investment Promotion Agency (HIPA) launched the Competitive Education Conference in cooperation with Ministry of Human Capacities (EMMI) and the Ministry
The professional background of the event was provided by three current, youth-focused pieces of research whose main findings were discussed by the participants. In their niche
For a summary of the research presentations please visit the following links:
The main goal of this year’s event – besides creating a platform, sharing knowledge and best practices – was to identify constructive recommendations in the fields of education and labor force that would develop Hungary’s competitiveness. These recommendations will be communicated towards the Government by AmCham in the framework of the following four topics: how to inspire young people to return to Hungary, how to retain talents, new employee demands, skills of university students.
During the conversations, numerous ideas and suggestions were formulated. From the ideas touching upon the field of education, it is crucial to emphasize that in many cases attending a foreign university does not necessarily guarantee better and more valuable qualification than a Hungarian degree program. On one hand, it is definitely rewarding to spend 3-5 years at a foreign university if the students are specialized in a particular topic and get admission to a top university focusing on that field of research. On the other hand, a semester-long international exchange program might serve as not just an adventure but as a great international experience that can be used later at work.
According to a significant change in labor market trends, it is not the employer who chose their employees anymore but the employees who pick where he or she might want to start a career. Therefore, companies have been looking for a cure-all for years how to address younger generation and how to retain talents for the long-term. Would foosball tables and free flavored lemonade be the solution for this? Definitely not. Not in the long run.
Preliminary surveys and on-the-spot conversations also revealed that a key factor of the solution should be found in the flexibility of companies. Flexibility can have different manifestations, such
For the poll results, conducted at the event, please visit the following link:
We would like to thank of organizing partners, professional partners and corporate sponsors for a wonderful cooperation!