In response to the increasing demands being placed on higher education to produce graduates capable of meeting the requirements of employment, the National Research Foundation (NRF) in partnership with the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), Wilton Park, the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the University of Pretoria hosted a high-level international seminar, under the theme: “Organizing for change: how can higher education meet the changing needs of employment?”.
The seminar took place during 13-15 November 2017 in Magaliesberg, and brought together 60 invited participants from 20 countries representing Commonwealth university leaders, government and nongovernmental organisations, students and youth organisations, entrepreneurs, business leaders and civil society representatives. The Seminar was facilitated by Wilton Park, an executive agency of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office providing a global forum for strategic discussion.
With a focus on employment to drive development, outcomes from this dialogue will be presented at the 20th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers (20CCEM) in Fiji during February 2018 with a focus to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (Goal 8 on decent work and economic growth).
The NRF recognises the significant demands now being placed on higher education institutions to produce graduates capable of meeting the requirements of employment, and recognises that many institutions are producing best practice in the field. The report from the meeting will be available from the Wilton Park website: https://www.wiltonpark.org.uk/reports/
The NRF’s engagement was facilitated by Strategic Partnerships.