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Preparing for Future Jobs: U.A.E. Event Explores Changes Ahead for Education

/ 25 May 2022

Preparing for Future Jobs: U.A.E. Event Explores Changes Ahead for Education

More than 220 educational institutions and experts are gathering in Abu Dhabi this week to discuss labour market trends and the advanced skills that graduates will need for future jobs and professions.

The eighth edition of the Education Interface Exhibition is being held virtually and in person, along with the accompanying Middle East Youth Conference.

The two-day event aims to shed light on the future of education, professions, and prospects for development.

Moza Saeed Al-Badi, chair of the exhibition’s organising committee, said the event comes within the framework of the United Arab Emirates’ endeavors to “enhance and develop educational systems according to the highest international levels.”

The goal, Al-Badi said, is to ensure that Emirati students “are ready for the future, capable and talented, and trained in opportunities for improvement, excellence, innovation and artificial intelligence.”

The goal is to ensure that Emirati students “are ready for the future, capable and talented, and trained in opportunities for improvement, excellence, innovation and artificial intelligence.”

Moza Saeed Al-Badi   Chair of the exhibition’s organising committee

According to the Abu Dhabi Government Media Office, the exhibition and youth conference target universities, colleges, local and international institutes, education ministries and development officials, and students.

The events will include workshops where students and parents can learn about future job trends and meet with educational institutions and academic advisors, to guide them towards the educational and career paths most in demand.

It will also examine how to empower young people with the skills that they need to grow after the Covid-19 pandemic, the rapid changes it imposed on the skills required in the labour market. There is an increased demand for advanced digital skills in the new “Covid economy”, which focuses on the ability to work remotely effectively.

Meeting Demands for Future Skills

The exhibition is being held under the supervision of the United Arab Emirates’ Ministry of Education, and in partnership with a number of supporting national institutions.

The event’s organisers described the exhibition as “an ideal platform for international and local educational institutions … to discover the brightest talents desiring to pursue postgraduate studies in a variety of specialisations in reputable institutions around the world.”

The exhibition will also discuss the future of higher education, how institutions will enter the new era, and the education technology developments that will be needed to keep pace with the rapid movement of online education programs.

Discussions will explore solutions and recommendations for the rapidly changing landscape in work and education, including new patterns of work and new requirements for the educational system.

“Not all digital changes are positive,” the organisers said. Despite the increase in demand for online education during the past decade, there has been a significant decrease in the level of interaction via electronic platforms, and students’ preference for online education over traditional education has had a clear impact on universities’ operating costs and modes of instruction.

The exhibition will also discuss the future of higher education, how institutions will enter the new era, and the education technology developments that will be needed to keep pace with the rapid movement of online education programs.

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It will also focus on the importance of designing effective quality control systems in these areas, especially in light of the transition from certificate-based jobs to skills-based jobs in the labour market.

Preparing for Future Careers

The Education Interface Exhibition was launched in 2014 with a vision of preparing for future careers and specialisations and bridging the gap between higher education and the labour market.

The Middle East Youth Conference, which accompanies the exhibition, is an interactive event aimed at “stimulating and inspiring the region’s youth with ideas, knowledge, and advice to shape their future.”

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