[19 Apr] The PwC Distringuished Lecture in IEF 2019 ‘The Future of Automation and Its Implications for Educational Systems’

4th Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum - 4th Industrial Revolution: Technology and Society is organized by the Centre for Entrepreneurship (C4E) of the University of Cyprus with the support of PwC Cyprus and the collaboration of major research centres of the University, the European Enterprise Network, and the European Office of Cyprus.

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The threat of automation implies a race between education and technology. In most countries, education systems are not providing workers with the skills necessary to compete in today’s job markets. The growing mismatch between skills demand and supply holds back economic growth and undermines opportunities. At the same time, the returns to human capital are high in most countries, and a growing skills premium is evident in much of the world. Automation simultaneously results in deskilling and imposes a need for new skills, and is changing what education will need to look like in the future.

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Evgenios C Evgeniou - CEO PwC Cyprus



Harry Anthony Patrinos - World Bank, Washington DC, USA

Harry Anthony Patrinos is the Practice Manager for the Europe and Central Asia region of the World Bank's education global practice. He specializes in all areas of education, especially school-based management, demand-side financing and public-private partnerships. He managed education lending operations and analytical work programs in Argentina, Colombia and Mexico, as well as a regional research project on the socioeconomic status of Latin America’s Indigenous Peoples, published as Indigenous Peoples, Poverty and Human Development in Latin America (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006). He is one of the main authors of the report, Lifelong Learning in the Global Knowledge Economy (World Bank, 2003). Mr. Patrinos has many publications in the academic and policy literature, with more than 40 journal articles. He is co-author of the books: Policy Analysis of Child Labor: A Comparative Study (St. Martin’s, 1999), Decentralization of Education: Demand-Side Financing (World Bank, 1997), and Indigenous People and Poverty in Latin America: An Empirical Analysis with George Psacharopoulos (World Bank/Ashgate, 1994). He has also worked in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North America. He previously worked as an economist at the Economic Council of Canada. Mr. Patrinos received a doctorate from the University of Sussex.


Friday April 19 , 2019 at 10:00

Amphitheatre B108 Anastasios G. Leventis University House, University of Cyprus


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