Join the opening plenary to hear a video address from Aung San Suu Kyi on the role of higher education institutes in developing democracies and building just societies, followed by Jim O'Neill on Boom or bust: bridging the skills gap. Jim O’Neill – the global economist who coined the terms BRICs and MINTs – will deliver the first keynote address, exploring the world’s emerging economies and the need to quickly, but sustainably educate a large, young and flourishing population.
- Collaboration versus competition – how do the world’s booming economies ensure they can compete long term?
- What are the key infrastructure challenges that need to be met to ensure that the world’s wealth of raw talent is developed effectively?
- What effect will the growth spurt of these emerging economic giants have on global emerged economies?
This will be followed by Mind the gap, delivered by Mark Stevenson. "It has become appalling obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity" said Einstein. Education is one of the tools to narrow that gap, but can it when technologies leap forward exponentially while education moves at the speed of institutions?