26 oct. 2020 time: 13:30 pm – 14:30 pm CET
Session 1: Policies for Digital Skills in 21-st century
The need to possess digital skills, from basic to advanced, has proliferated further due to rapid digitization and spread of new technologies. A holistic approach in addressing upskilling through multi-faceted regional interventions, including policy formulation and preparation of long-term strategic framework(s), formalization of long-term strategic alliances among policy makers, private sector, academia and international partners, introduction of tailor made actions and interventions based on market needs, regional initiatives to enable digital skill up scaling at large should be formalized. Adoption of digital skill strategies in line with EU model is necessity for our entire region. It is important to bring out the need to review and increase the investment in the digital skills of WB6 citizens, and most importantly youth, with focus on increasing their opportunities transform their ideas into innovative business projects.
26 oct. 2020 time:15:00 pm – 16:00 pm CET
Session 2: Woman STEM shifters in Western Balkans
The panel of Women in STEM aims to put prominent scientist, business leaders and public figures in the spotlight to showcase that the challenges women face could be solved when the full potential of human capital is harnessed. By increasing the number of visible role models in the public sphere, we want to advocate and promote wider social recognition for women STEM, thus inspire more women to get into STEM careers and take leadership roles.
The panel will build around the most recent study on the gender disparity in STEM in the Western Balkans, commissioned by the RCC, which identifies national policies related to the disparity in STEM at the level of each Western Balkan economy and at the regional level as well as it provides an overview of existing mechanisms and initiatives that serve as an inspiration for devising regional actions in this area. The study will serve as a foundation for the initiation of STEM-related agenda in the Western Balkans and offers a common ground for relevant stakeholders, including national authorities, academia, civil society organizations, to come together and discuss the most imminent actions for the region based on the situation on the ground.