Global education leaders congregate at Gurugram’s Shiv Nadar School for IC3 Presidential Forum

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The Pre-Conference IC3 Presidential Forum of the Annual IC3 Conference was hosted today at the Shiv Nadar School, Gurugram (a not-for-profit initiative of the Shiv Nadar Foundation in K12 education). The conference brought together Leaders from Schools and Universities, around the world.

“We, at the Shiv Nadar Schools, were happy to host the IC3 Presidential Forum. Students and their futures in a rapidly changing world were at the heart of the conversations at the IC3 Presidential Forum. School and university leaders from the world over shared thought provoking and invigorating perspectives that further deepened during the IC3 Conference,” said Leena Aparajit, Executive Director Shiv Nadar School, Delhi NCR 2018 IC3 Presidential Forum Host.

Ganesh Kohli, IC3 Conference Chair | President & Chief Mentor, KIC UnivAssist and Former High School College Counsellor said, “The IC3 Presidential Forum is a platform to facilitate collaborative dialogue and help bring systemic change. By bringing together University leaders, School leaders and Industry delegates, we are focusing on sustainable practices to help young people transition smoothly from high school to university and beyond. Our mission is to sensitise educators on the criticality of career and college counselling in high schools. If we need to see happy students and employees in the world, the counselling department in schools will need to provide direction to young people early in their life. There is enormous potential for schools, universities and industry to collaborate to raise the happiness quotient in the world.”

The eminent panellists from the US included Dr George R. Blumenthal, Chancellor University of California, Santa Cruz; Kenneth G Furton, Provost and Executive Vice President Florida International University and Dr Randall C Deike, Senior Vice President, Drexel University. Well-known Indian educators included K Darshan Singh, Chairman, Welham Boys’ School; Abha Adams eminent educationist; Dr Pratap Bhanu Mehta, Vice-Chancellor, Ashoka University and Dr Sunder Ramaswamy, Vice Chancellor, Krea University.  The other renowned panellists were Prof Brad MacKay, Vice-Principal (International Strategy and External Relations), University of St Andrews, Scotland, UK and Prof Janaka Ruwanpura, Vice Provost, University of Calgary, Canada.

The distinguished panellists discussed inspiring ideas on how to make students of schools and universities ready for jobs that do not exist and a future that is uncertain. The topics were as varied as building schools and universities for the future, convergence of STEM and Liberal Arts. The objective being to create truly global institutions that transcend boundaries and help students embrace careers that make them valuable contributive members of society. The engaging sessions were well received by the audience comprising eminent school leaders.  The session at the school was followed by a panel discussion at the Microsoft office in Gurgaon where the panellists were talked through the workplace of the future.

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