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IHE SEE into the future
Thursday 13 February 2014 - 00:00 to Friday 14 February 2014 - 00:00
Istanbul, Turkey

SEE into the future: skills, entrepreneurship and employment in the 21st century

With youth unemployment rocketing up to 60% in some countries, government policy-makers, educators, and business leaders across Europe are striving to find solutions that will help them secure a vibrant economic future.  

In view of this, the British Council is co-organising this prestigious conference that will bring together leaders of national and local government, business and education to discuss skills, entrepreneurship and youth employment, with a particular focus on the needs of Southern and Eastern Europe and Central Asia. 

Building on themes explored at the Education World Forum in London in January and in preparation for wider discussion at Going Global in Miami, April 2014, SEE into the future will address important questions challenging governments across the region: 

• what policies and practice are needed to effectively tackle youth unemployment?

• what are the skills industries need for growth in modern economies?

• how can countries help ensure they are adequately preparing young people for vibrant, dynamic economies of the future?

• what role can industry play?

• how can countries inculcate an enterprising mindset in young people so that they are ready and able to create the new businesses of the future?

Delegates will have the opportunity to hear expert views from the UK, European Union, OECD, national governments and business. They will find out what policy and practice is working and what lessons have been learnt, and they will be able to discuss challenges and share experience with colleagues from countries in similar positions. 

Keynote speakers:

Professor Dame Julia King, Chair University UK’s Employability, Business and Industry Policy Network and Vice Chancellor Aston University; Anthony Gribben, Head of Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, European Training Foundation; Fintan Donohue, CEO Gazelle Colleges Group; Brian Wisdom, CEO People 1st; Anna Glass, Policy Analyst, OECD.

Special guests: 

We are delighted to announce that our distinguished partner in the event, Council of Higher Education, Republic of Turkey will be sending one of their Executive team to address the conference on the role that higher education is playing in securing the skilled workforce and entrepreneurs of the future in Turkey.

Mr László Andor, EU Commissioner, Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion will issue a video recorded address.

Further invited VIPs include the Turkish Minister of Labour and Social Security, Mr Faruk Celik, and Turkish Minister of National Education, Professor Nabi Avci.

Event aims and objectives

The two day conference will convene 150-200 experts from the European Union, the OECD, and senior representative from countries in eastern and southern Europe and Central Asia to exchange ideas and identify solutions for tackling youth unemployment, developing 21st century skills and nurturing the entrepreneurs of the future.

The conference will result in the establishment of a social media interest group and a set of papers on each of the conference themes. These will be distributed to more than 1000 policy makers and practitioners in the field of skills for employability across more than 10 countries. 


With thanks to our partners, and as part of our commitment to support effective policy and practice in employment, skills and entrepreneurship through international discussion and debate, we are now able to offer this conference entirely free of charge. This fantastic offer includes participation in all conference sessions, tea and coffee breaks, lunch on both days and a stunning conference reception.

Who should attend?

• national, regional or local policy-makers, NGO professionals, and think tanks working in the area of labour market, human resource capacity building, employment, skills, youth or vocational education and training

• business leaders and HR professionals interested in securing the skilled workforce of the future that their industry needs

• university leaders, college leaders, academics or teachers interested in ensuring education is relevant to the needs of modern economies, equipping young people with the skills they need for a successful future

• professionals working in international organisations with interest in these topics and/or the region

Working languages

Working languages of the conference are English, Turkish and Russian. We are pleased to provide simultaneous translation for participants.

How can I register my interest?

Please visit the registration page to book a place. For any further enquiries, please  email Aziza Shoismoilova, Regional Education Manager for Wider Europe, British Council. 

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