Towards a New Generation of Engaged Universities:
The Need to Act, Adapt and Transform

16th – 18thApril, 2024 | Kempinski Central Avenue (Formerly the Address Dubai Mall), Dubai, UAE

Round Table 2

The Role of Universities as a Catalyst for Skilling, Reskilling, and Upskilling: Enhancing Employability and Workforce Readiness


This roundtable will focus on the pivotal role of universities in driving skilling, reskilling, and upskilling initiatives to enhance employability and workforce readiness. Discussions will revolve around designing flexible and future-ready learning pathways that cater to diverse learner needs. Additionally, utilizing innovative approaches like micro-credentials, stackable degrees and online learning to support lifelong learning along the use emerging technologies and interdisciplinary knowledge will also be explored and discussed. The roundtable will also examine successful collaboration models between universities, industries, and vocational training institutions to bridge the skills gap and ensure workforce readiness. Core elements discussed will include:

  • Designing Flexible and Future-Ready Learning Pathways: Creating learning pathways that cater to the diverse needs of learners, including working professionals and non-traditional students.
  • Exploring Innovative Approaches: Utilizing micro-credentials, online learning, and stackable credentials to facilitate lifelong learning and continuous skill development.
  • Incorporating Emerging Technologies and Interdisciplinary Knowledge: integrating emerging technologies, interdisciplinary knowledge, and industry-aligned competencies into curricula to meet the demands of the future workforce.
  • Collaborating with Industry and Vocational Training Institutions: Examining successful collaboration models that bridge the skills gap and ensure workforce readiness through apprenticeship programs, industry-driven curriculum development, and joint research projects.
  • The roundtable aims to explore and define universities strategies and actions to support upskilling and reskilling initiatives that address emerging trends, disruptive technologies, and evolving industry needs.