FICCI – Cambridge English South Asia Partnership Summit on 23 and 24 February

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Cambridge English Language Assessment and Cambridge University Press, in partnership with FICCI, are hosting the FICCI – Cambridge English South Asia Partnership Summit on 23 and 24 February 2016 in New Delhi. This invitation-only event, themed Transforming Language Education, is an opportunity to discuss, debate and propose practical solutions for one of the most important issues facing young people in South Asia – how to gain the wide-ranging skills required for 21st-century employment.

The aim of the summit is to provide a positive context in which leaders from Government, educational institutions and corporate organisations such as Principal Secretaries, Vice Chancellors, business leaders, and other policy makers can share expertise and ideas and create new partnerships It is only by collaboration and integration that we can ensure students leave higher education with the English language and personal skills needed for the region’s dynamic economy. Although the challenge is significant, by harnessing both the transformational power of digital learning, and the growing willingness for private and public sector collaboration, we can find innovative solutions to complex problems, and define practical reforms with real purpose and power.

Ms Shobha Mishra Ghosh, Sr Director, FICCI said, “Employability is a far bigger challenge than unemployment. Language and communication skills are some of the major skill gaps found in our youth. To bridge this gap, FICCI has been persistently working with all stakeholders towards creating an ecosystem to enhance employability of graduates. FICCI is happy to partner in this Summit which is a step in this direction.”

Saul Nassé, Chief Executive, Cambridge English Language Assessment said, “South Asia is fast becoming a global economic powerhouse, but progress will be limited if employees do not possess the necessary English and soft skills – and these can only be developed by partnership and collaboration among leaders in Government, education and business. The Summit is a real opportunity for these leaders to come together, share perspectives and start to build the partnerships essential for change.”

Ratnesh Kumar Jha, Manging Director Cambridge University Press South Asia said, “The world is witnessing a shift of balance towards South Asia with India at the forefront of global corporate engagement. Today, India is the preferred knowledge economy with a vast pool of young professionals. To train and provide a skilled workforce to the world, the onus now is on the Government and Education Institutions. This summit aims at bringing together Government officials, Vice Chancellors of Universities, academia, educationalists and representatives of the corporate world to facilitate skill development and to deliberate and reflect on the challenges and their solutions. I am hopeful that this collaboration will have a snowballing effect on skill development in India.”

The summit will comprise plenary presentations, to frame the debate, followed by break-away sessions, hosted by panels of experts, to explore and discuss four key themes: language skills for employment – a focus on teaching; digital learning technologies; employment; and research and innovation.

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