Global Landscape

A recently held summit in Bahrain turned out to be a common meeting ground where experts came together to address the challenges faced due to the growing gap between the knowledge imparted in classrooms and employable skills that corporates seek.

Education and employability are two vital factors that go hand in hand and one cannot do without the other. The better the education the better are the opportunities available for employment. Aiming to get global perspectives as well as look at certain solutions to reduce the huge gap. The Education Project 2010 organized by the Bahrain Economic Development board (EDB) kicked off in the kingdom of Bahrain recently. This initiative was founded last year and is the brainchild of His Royal highness Prince Salman Bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the crown Prince of Bahrain and chairman of the Economic Development Board Amongst the many dignitaries from all across the globe, Minister of Human Resource Development India Kapil Sibal also attended the event and gave some highly valuable inputs and suggestions to make education and employment better. Shaikh Mohammed bin Essa Al Khalifa chief of the Bahrain Economic Development Board, inaugurated the two day program of interactive workshops and plenary sessions. Speaking to some 500 delegates form 50 countries representatives representing all sectors of education. What we all have in common is that we are gathered here to address the same question. Everyone in this room cares passionately about, what will it take to dramatically improve student’s learning experience? In these difficult economic times, governments businesses and parents alike are all thinking about ways to give our children the right skills so that they can productively and meaningful find employment independence and ultimately fulfillment. Today, everyone is rightly concerned about bridging the education employment gap. There is a mismatch between the skills our students are learning and what they need to find successful employment.

Our ability to manage and grow our own economies in the future ultimately depends on the success and efforts to educate and employ our youth.

One of the most enriching sessions was on healing the global education in the presence of eminent speakers. Many higher education systems around the world are grappling with ways to provide students with relevant education that prepares them for productive employment. How can vocational education move from being the forgotten middle of the education system to the training ground of many high growth job areas?

The nature of technology has changed the nature of learning has changed but our educational institutions haven’t kept pace with that the result is that what we are taught in college is different from the way we actually use that knowledge at the workplace. So, one of our biggest challenges is to make that dissemination of knowledge at the university level relevant to the employer. The Open university UK, added that the industry should be involved in developing the curriculum in order to bridge the gap.

Today bosses would like to be respected not feared. It is a fine balance they need to maintain where the relationship is not authoritarian but performance expectations from their reporters are very clear.

The leaders in recent times aren’t rigid. It is their open mindedness, and unbiased approach that has fostered acceptance. They make their teams thought process change by involving them in the decision making process. The leaders aren’t merely happy with something happenings they are more interested in why it is happening. This helps them question the process and arrive at better optimal solutions. That works for the benefit of all and leaders are able to lead their teams more effectively.

There has been a major transition in this perception in the last decades as professionals companies are now largely driven by their vision, mission and value statements and not by individual styles of management. The former reiterate on creating conducive work culture to nurtures high performance among employees. Companies realize the need to have management culture which is more open, receptive to new ideas and change in the present knowledge and innovation economy. To develop and establish this culture within the company the management selection, promotions a reward processes need to be the fine tuned to capture these misalignments in management styles.