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Valeria Kogan, Chairman of the Board of Smartomica
The event began with two presentations addressing the related issues of higher education, demography, and the availability of a qualified, well-educated workforce in Latvia. Afterwards, a distinguished panel, made up of the industry, academia un public sector representatives, explored potential strategies for producing more highly qualified graduates in STEM areas and examine the benefits and challenges of different strategies. Audience members had the opportunity to ask questions, which resulted in a lively conversation in which each panelist gave their own perspective on the matter.
To reach the goal of 3000 ICT graduates per year, panelists came to the conclusion that Latvia must make better use of its competitive infrastructure to attract international students and increase the rate of IT graduates, and to apply more practical, interdisciplinary approaches to learning to bridge the gap between education and application in the workforce. Panelists agreed that universities must work to increase human capital in IT by both bring in more students, and decrease the drop-out rate of those studying in STEM fields.
Some key conclusions from the discussion included:
Among AmCham's policy priorities this year, workforce quality and availability remains one of the key issues. Therefore, AmCham will continue to focus on that in the Labor Force Working Group, made up of member representatives. Interested members are invited to contact Liga Bertulsone, Executive Director at: firstname.lastname@example.org to be included in the mailing list and to receive updates on this important issue.
AmCham and PwC share the same values and targets to achieve socially.
Zlata Elksnina-Zascirinska, Country Managing Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers