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8th ADB International Skills Forum

Future of Skills and Jobs in the Age of Digital Disruptions

27. Aug 2019 - 29. Aug 2019

Manila, Philippines

Asian Development Bank

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About the Event

Developments in artificial intelligence and robotics are seen as major threats to jobs that require routine tasks. There are also growing concerns about rising inequalities and how technology is contributing to wider economic gap. On the positive side, technology provides opportunities to enhance human capacity and productivity.

Two critical challenges in education and skills development are (i) poor learning despite improved access at all levels of education and (ii) serious skills mismatches despite growing investments in education and training. How can governments address these challenges and how can ADB support the governments? These challenges require innovative solutions in close partnerships among governments, development partners, private sector and civil society organizations. In Asia and the Pacific Region, these challenges are further exacerbated by the demographic changes and technological disruptions.

With the theme Future of Skills and Jobs in the Age of Digital Disruptions, the 8th International Skills Forum highlighted transformational practices in education and training using technology, eLearning, and innovative partnerships; implications of and response to Industry 4.0 on skills and jobs; and examples of innovations in education and training through the “Innovation Marketplace”. 


27 August 2019
Session / ActivityPresentation MaterialSpeaker(s)
Opening Remarks Opening Remarks - 8th International Skills Forum
Government has an important role to play in leveraging technological advances for inclusive growth. In his opening remarks, ADB's Bambang Susantono...
Bambang Susantono
Forum Objectives and Introduction   Brajesh Panth
Keynote Address Rethinking Strategies to Accelerate Student Learning Outcomes in K–12 Lant Pritchett
Session 1: Panel Discussion How to Prepare the Workforce in a Rapidly Changing World Kate Benkhen, Michael Fung, Srinivas Reddy, Gayathri Vasudevan, Ambe Tierro
Introduction to the Innovation Marketplace    
Session 2A: Effective K–12 Delivery Models How Virtual Reality Changes K-12 Education
How real is virtual reality in the context of K-12 education? Download this presentation to learn more.
Linda Cai
Two Simple Ways We Bring Joy Back in Learning
51Talk's Cecilia Lewis shares the conditions that would lead to effective learning.
Cecilia Lewis
Empowering Teachers through Technology
Technology can never replace the critical behavioral relationship between the teacher and child, including demonstration of emotional connection...
Shannon May
Session 2B: Transformational TVET: Good Practices from APACC Accredited Institutions Quality Assurance Through APACC
Learn more about the benefits of Asia Pacific Accreditation and Certification Commission (APACC) accreditation. 
Ramhari Laminchane
Good TVET Practices @ PoliteknikSultan AzlanShah (PSAS)
Learn more about the experiences of PoliteknikSultan AzlanShah in providing skills development education to its students. 
Naimah Binti Md. Khalil
Good Innovative Practices of TESDA Women's Center, Philippines
Innovation in TESDA Women’s Center (TWC) is creating a learning environment that will develop competencies of our students in using strategies...
Maria Clara Ignacio
Good Practices from Ubon Ratchathani Vocational College, Thailand
Learn about the good practices of Ubon Ratchathani Vocational College Thailand, including how they prepare their students to become part of ...
Thawatchai Punnikul
Education for Future Generations Andrew Khaw Hong Cher
Session 2C: Innovative Approaches to Digital Learning Innovative Approaches to Digital Learning
Check out how Microsoft Philantrophies help in advancing a future where every person has the skills, knowledge, and opportunity they need to...
Naria Santa Lucia
The Economic Graph Pei Ying Chua
Innovative Approaches to Digital Learning
Learn more about Udemy, and how it strives to create quality contents for its students.
Richard Qiu
Session 3: Innovation Marketplace  
28 August 2019
Session / ActivityPresentation MaterialSpeaker(s)
Session 4: Regional Meetings    
Session 5A: TPD@Scale TPD@Scale Coalition for the Global South
TPD@Scale Coalition for the Global South is a collaborative effort of education and technology stakeholders worldwide who are engaged in teacher...
Cher Ping Lim
Review of Emerging​ Technologies to Address Personalization, Support, and Assessment
This presentation looks into the emerging technologies relevant to teacher professional development.
Ma. Mercedes Rodrigo
Philippines Case Study:​ ELLN Digital
Learn more about the Philippine experience on the implementation of Early Language Literacy and Numeracy (ELLN) Digital. 
Justin III Edward Modesto
Session 5B: Innovative Models of Teacher Development in TVET Making Teachers Development Work: The Experience of the ETF
What does the European Training Foundation do to support teachers and trainers? Download this material to know more.
Cesare Onestini
KOREATECH Innovation for TVET
Korea University of Technology and Education (KOREATECH) was established by the Korean Ministry of Labor in 1991 to develop education models...
Haiwoong Park
ITE’s Response to the ​ New Wave of Industry ​Transformation Iris Seet
Session 5C: Tertiary Institutions-Led Start-ups and Incubation INSPECTRA:​ Promoting AI Adoption in Developing Economy Warasinee Chaisangmongkon
Stimulating Entrepreneurship Activity at SUNY Korea
Learn how the State University of New York (SUNY) Korea is promoting entrepreneurship among its students.
Chihmao Hsieh
Pre-Entrepreneurship & Ripple Effect: Tools for Turbocharging Ecosystems Rajesh Nair
Keynote Address Future of Skills and Jobs Srinivas Reddy
Session 6A: STEM Education in K–12 Reasoning and Communication in STEM
Learn from the experience of Malaysia in integrating communication and reasoning in STEM education.
Noraini Binti Idris
Roong Aroon School
Check our Roong Aroon School is promoting lifelong learning in its curriculum.
Suwanna Chivapruk
Integrating STEM into K-12 Schools
STEM is integrated into K-12 schooling because of certain labour and citizenship goals.
Paul Teng
Session 6B: Leveraging Technologies for Labor Market Information Labor Market Demand Driven Skill Development
By using Big Data technologies and analytics for millions of online employer ads, real-time labor market information can help to achieve...
Sang Hyon Lee
Skills-gap Assessment and Development for Industry 4.0
Masahiro Fukuhara, Founder of Institution for a Global Society, presents some cases that shows the importance of identifying skills mismatch...
Masahiro Fukuhara
Skills Needs Forecasting for the Digital Economy Gary Gan
Session 6C: Cross-Sectoral Collaboration Build4Skills : An Innovative Idea Shaped Into Being
Learn more about Build4Skills, and how it  aim is to leverage the potential of TVET in infrastructure programs for practice oriented training...
Per Borjegren
Energy Human Resource Development and Gender Mainstreaming under ADB-funded TVET project in Tajikistan
This presentation shares some achievements and good practices from an ADB-funded TVET project in Tajikistan, with focus on human resource development...
Eiko Izawa
Cross Sectoral Collaboration:​ Road Safety as an Example
This presentation share how to promote road safety through cross-sectoral collaboration. 
James Leather
Cross Sectoral Collaboration:​ Adapting to Aging Asia
This presentation shares how ADB is responding to the challenge of the region's aging population while providing opportunities for skills development...
Wendy Walker
Twelve Pathways to a Circular Economy: Using Waste to Energy Interventions to Reduce the Burden on our Ecosystem Steve Peters
Session 7A: How Can Technology Enhance Inclusivity? Creating A More Inclusive World
Microsoft offers tools that make technology more inclusive and accessible.
Aleandre Kwan
How Can Technology Enhance Inclusivity?
Schoo of Concepts (SoC) is a preschool literacy curriculum provider. It runs as a social enterprise, offering programs to both the B2B ...
Mint Lim
Media as a Tool to Increase Inclusivity
Learn how Big Bad Boo Studios promotes education development and inclusivity. 
Devin Woods
Session 7B: ADB’s Experience in TVET Projects in East Asia Region Key Features of ADB-supported TVET Projects in the People's Republic of China
Learn more about the key features ADB-supported TVET Projects in the People's Republic of China.
Sangay Penjor
Enterprises Involved in TVET: Chinese Experiences
Learn from the experiences of enterprises in TVET in the People's Republic of China.
Liu Yufeng
Practical Exploration and Experience ​on Guangxi Modern TVET Development Demonstration Program Huang Xiongbiao
Session 7C: Practically Oriented Higher Education PHINMA Ed: Accessible, Employment-oriented Philippine Education Trissa Menardo
KMUTT Work-integrated Learning Model for Empowering Thai Food and Agricultural Business Suvaluk Asavasanti
Current Trend, Challenges, and Prospects of Student Mobility in Higher Education in the ASEAN region Indy Hardono
Policy of Mongolian Higher Education Reform Amarjargalan Tumurbaatar and Ariunbolor Davaa
29 August 2019
Session / ActivityPresentation MaterialSpeaker(s)
Keynote Address Future-proofing for a New Era
Mano Amiga, which translates to Helping Hand, is an affordable K to 12 school with international standards. By providing scholarships and sustainable...
Eleanor Rosa Pinugu
Session 8A: Student Assessment in K–12 Assessment Systems That Promote Skills Development
Check out the key characteristics of student assessment that support skills development based on the experience of the Republic of Korea...
KyungSuk Chang
The Human Capital Index
The Human Capital Index looks at the road ahead, drawing attention to the future consequences of investments in human capital today.
Gabriel Demombynes
Empower Educators to Proactively Intervene
Check out how Snapwiz works to help teachers make use of engaging tech-based assessments.
Satish Kumar
Annual Status of Education Report
Existing learning measurements (measures, methods and mechanisms) have evolved over time in developed country contexts based on their needs ...
Wilima Wadhwa
Session 8B: ADB’s Experience in TVET Projects in South Asia Region Supporting Human Capital Development in Meghalaya D. P. Wahlang
Himachal Pradesh Kaushal Vikas Nigam
This presentation gives an overview about the Himachal Pradesh Project.
Rohan Chand Thakur
Skilled in Odisha
Check out how Odisha Skill Development Authority is promoting lifelong learning.
S.K. Das
Session 8C: Implications of Industry 4.0 on Skills Development So What Do We Do Now? Steven McKee
Southeast Asia​ Creative Camp Gatot Hari Priowirjanto
Implications of Industry 4.0 on Skills Development Elmer K. Talavera
Implications of Industry 4.0 on Skills Development Noraini Binit Kaprawi
Preparing for AI: Developing Insights for Key Asian Economies on the Jobs and Skills Implications Konstantin Matthies