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Following the last Policy Dialogue held in 2014, in which the role of higher education in generating a skilful workforce was discussed; the 2015 Global Education Dialogue will focus on the preparation of young people by developing skills for their journey from high school to higher education and work, as well as the challenges presented by the transition to employment according to the social and productive needs of the country. 

What skills or abilities are necessary for students to be adequately prepared for different career paths and how can they acquire these? What is the role that education institutions, industry, research centres and economic agencies have in this process? What strategies can these factions implement to ensure that the linkages actually work? 


1. Panel: Skills for the successful transition of high school students 

This session is a panel debate that will explore the need to link secondary school learning outcomes to the career path of students, and possible mechanisms to accomplish this.

2. Roundtable: Sharing perspectives on the role of education in transition to work, challenges in Mexico and UK.

The session will engage the challenges of UK and Mexico as experienced by the different factions involved in education and workforce.

During this session we will ask speakers to answer these questions:

• What are the challenges that industry is facing when welcoming graduates into the workforce?

• What are the main challenges higher education institutions are having in preparing youngsters?

• What are the best practices your institution has established for ensuring skills development?

 3. Plenary session: Enhancing the evidence base to help design effective skills policies

In order to generate effective policies, countries need to generate “skills intelligence”. This talk will engage participants in the importance of constructing evidence based programs that are tailored to the realities of the country.

4. Parallel worktables:  School to work and higher education to work transitions

By having parallel sessions, the participants will be working in developing lessons learned in the generation of skills needed for transitions to higher education and work. 

UK Speakers

John Coyne 

UK Commission for Employment and Skills 

Professor John Coyne has been Vice-Chancellor of the University of Derby since 2004. He has spent the major part of his academic career concerned with business development, small firms and new business creation.  John is a director of  Research and Consultancy Ltd, a company that specializes in the development of policy and application in the fields of enterprise, skills development, and the delivery of public services. 

Eluned Jones 

President Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS) Board

Eluned is currently working at the University of Birmingham authoring and leading the University's institution-wide Employability Strategy and managing the institution's Careers Network. Careers Network employs over 60 staff and 40 attached students via its unique Student Engagement Team and provide embedded College Employability Teams, dedicated employer relations team, an integrated careers service for Business School PGs, student enterprise and business start-up services, a suite of over 300 bespoke national and international internships and the sector-leading Personal Skills Award (PSA).

Paul Ryan 

Fellow and Lay Dean King's College

Paul Ryan is Fellow and Lay Dean in King´s College, University of Cambridge. He is a researcher fellow on political economy of vocational education and apprenticeship training, imperfect competition and price formation in training markets, discontent and collective action in long-duration work-based training: apprentices and graduate student employees in Britain, Germany, Switzerland and the USA. He has also done research on the finance of higher education, focusing on the implications of Baumol's cost disease and government fiscal restriction for the output of higher education services.  He elaborated a report to the European Commission, European Expert Network on Economics of Education, IFO, University of Munich titled ‘Improving the transition between education/training and the labour market: what works in different national contexts?’  

Matilda Gosling

The Research Base

Matilda is one of the Founding Partners of the Research Base, an international social research consultancy specialized in education and skills, and is its Research Director. Her role includes design and delivery oversight of all research projects, as well as quality assurance. Matilda has worked for clients including the International Labour Organisation, Save the Children, Oxfam, the British Council in India and Ghana, the Education & Training Foundation and the Chilean Ministry of Labour.