For a Competitive Hungary: Education in Focus
The American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) and the Hungarian Investment Promotion Agency (HIPA) have organised the conference 'Competitive Education' for the second time. The goal has not changed this year either: To improve the long-term competitiveness of Hungary on the labour market, by specifying key points to achieve a 10 spot World Competitiveness Ranking improvement in 10 years for Hungary.
The first Competitive Education Conference organised in 2015 aimed to allow the stakeholders (decision-makers, teachers and corporate representatives) to review together the requirements of the labour market for the education system, the areas to be improved and the possibilities of cooperation between the individual players. It is another task to establish a dialogue between companies and government representatives which contributes to improving the long-term competitiveness of Hungary on the labour market. The purpose of this year's conference is to involve the most important players in education, students, in this dialogue.
As part of the conference, AmCham launched, in partnership with HIPA, the Ministry of Human Capacities and the Ministry for National Economy, the competition Tudsz Jobbat! ('You Know Something Better'), in which students could present their thoughts about the school and workplace of the future imagined by them in a creative form, in groups. In response to the call for entries, 39 competition works were received, of which the jury awarded first prizes to the teams of Kosztolányi Dezső Grammar School of Budapest and Bálint Márton Elementary and Secondary School of Törökbálint.
István Papp, Vice President of the HIPA said: in the Industry 4.0, new technological solutions are applied in most industries, during which new trades and professions emerge. Assisting and following these changes on the labour market, the HIPA aims to bring an increasing number of investments and R&D projects that apply innovative technologies to Hungary. In our competitiveness, a great emphasis is given to education, because this is one of the most important factors examined by investors when making their investment decisions.
Ferenc Pongrácz, President of AmCham emphasised: 'Our world is changing with lightning speed, and the labour market must also keep up with technological development. The members of AmCham are committed to preparing the students, that is, future employees, to the new kind of challenges, while it is an important aim for us to also become familiar with and understand their opinions, views of life and desires. On the whole, our goal is to provide a vision for the future to young Hungarians also in the long run and to establish an investment environment that is sustainable from the point of view of the labour market.'