Workshop event: Higher Education in the Age of Transformation

In Partnership with Gulf Futures Center, we are proud to present Professors Without Borders’ first Autumn Workshop on the Higher Education in the Age of Transformation at the London School of Economics 15 & 16 September 2018. We have an ambitious agenda set and are looking forward to a lively discussion. 

Higher Education in the Age of Transformation

  The world economy is changing and an estimated eighty percent of jobs that will exist in 2025 do not exist today. With youth unemployment in excess of fifty percent in some countries now, it is clear that the education system is not catering as it should, to the realities of the employment market.

Professors Without Borders in partnership with the Gulf Futures Center is hosting a two-day workshop in London in August 2018 to bring together key stakeholders and educators to discuss how higher education can cater to the pedagogical needs of Generation Z and prepare them to integrate the job market, either as successful employees or entrepreneurs.

The workshop will provide an opportunity for an engaged discussion on the intersection of higher education, business, politics and international development. The dialogue will take a solution-oriented approach to better understand how we can deliver a relevant and quality educational program to students of the 21st century. Outputs will include a written report available to the public through our websites, and an edited volume that puts together the different aspects of the complex and fascinating challenge of shaping higher education for the future.

The conference will take place over two days with 50 academic guests participating in six panels and two Q&A sessions. Each panel will consist of one speaker presenting for approximately 20 minutes, with a moderator, followed by an open floor where the audience are active participants. There will also be breakout sessions where participants can become the speakers and debate matters openly.

0900-0930 Participants arrive, tea and coffee served


Princess Tessy de Luxembourg, Professors Without Borders

Professor Abdalla  Al-Tayer, Gulf Futures Center

Dr Caroline Varin, Professors Without Borders




1000 – 1115



Session 1 : Agenda setting; Skills for the 21st Century Job Market

  • In twenty years’ time what skills will people need?
  • What is the skills gap between higher education and employment?
  • How are students prepared for the realities of employment?
  • How can industry and higher education work closer together to develop these skills?


1115-1130 Coffee Break
1130-1245 Session 2: Student of Generation Z

  • Pedagogical needs and expectations
  • Confidence and how to foster it in our students
  • Differences and limitations of teaching students of the AI age
1245-1430 Lunch Break

1500 – 1600

Open workshop capturing key points from the morning

Session 3: Educating Educators – workshop

  • Are educators prepared to teach students for the 21st Century job market?
  • Methods and tips for improving student attention and retention in a world of technology
1600-1630 Q&A For Educators
0900-0930 Participants arrive, tea and coffee served



Keynote 2



Session 4: Higher Education and Entrepreneurship – Panel and Q&A’s

  • How to make students into entrepreneurs?
  • Teamwork, confidence and building-ideas, how educators can lead the entrepreneurship initiative.
  • Examples of successful programs
1115-1230 Session 5: Building Bridges

  • How to improve the networks for students and employers.
  • How to improve the networks for educators and employers.
1230-1330 Networking with light lunch reception
1330- 1500 Session 6: Higher Education in the Age of Transformation: the case for GCC

  • How to create opportunities for students and educators?
  • Integrating change into the curriculum.
  • Adapting higher education to a changing society.
1500-1600  Closing Remarks

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