New Vision for Education: Unlocking the Potential of Technology

World Economic Forum

To thrive in a rapidly evolving, technology-mediated world, students must not only possess strong skills in areas such as language arts, mathematics and science, but they must also be adept at skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving, persistence, collaboration and curiosity. All too often, however, students in many countries are not attaining these skills. In this context, the World Economic Forum has taken on a multi-year initiative, New Vision for Education, to examine the pressing issue of skills gaps and explore ways to address these gaps through technology.

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Microsoft Pink Cloud Scholarship

Microsoft Italy and Friendship Ambassadors Foundation


May 19-21, 2015 in Milan, Italy

During EXPO 2015

Microsoft Italy and Friendship Ambassadors Foundation invite female students/ professionals (age 18-24) to a special initiative called The Pink Cloud, which aims to encourage young women to undertake STEM studies and to inspire professional STEM careers.

Microsoft Italy will be providing full scholarships to qualified candidates, to attend and take part in The Pink Cloud Initiative, in Milan, Italy.

Job Creation and Local Economic Development

Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development LEED Program

This publication highlights new evidence on policies to support job creation, bringing together the latest research on labour market, entrepreneurship and local economic development policy to help governments support job creation in the recovery. It  also includes  a set of country pages featuring, among other things, new data on skills supply and demand at the level of smaller OECD regions (TL3).

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Millennials for Hire: Transforming Talent into Workforce Competency


Online portals have the potential of providing a cost-effective and scalable solution to workforce development and livelihood issues, connecting job seekers and employers in a direct, immediate fashion. Do these portals have the foundation to provide real life impact on young people’s lives and the economy at large? In this session, at the 2014 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit, Brianna Bailey presented on the challenges and successes of JOVEN360’s professional development platform in Central America.

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The Nexus of Youth, Technology and Tourism

National Geographic, DAI

While tourism is one of largest industries globally, youth are often underrepresented in terms of employment and enterprise development opportunities. This session, presented at the 2014 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit, examined the tourism sector through the eyes of youth, their desires and aspirations, and how global industry trends in tourism, such as the increased importance of e-marketing, can be leveraged for more innovative employment opportunities.

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Getting Started with Mobile Technology


Adoption of electronic data capture and data management systems is still a rarity in international development. With mobile phone user penetration in continuous rise, the possibilities for real-time program monitoring, interactive data collection, and self-reporting activities from the field are within grasp for any organization—including the very new possibility of receiving real-time information from program participants via SMS.

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A Push for Youth Policy

Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

Skills Mismatch in Europe

International Labor Organization
ILO reveals substantial skills mismatch in Europe
New ILO study calls on governments and social partners in Europe to provide workers with skills that match those demanded by employers.
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