September 2011

The 2011 Skills and Human Capital Summit: Getting Europe Back to Work

The 2011 Skills and Human Capital Summit convened under the timely theme of Getting Europe Back to Work: How Skills and Human Capital Can Accelerate Growth and InnovationAndreas Schleicher, special adviser on education policy to the secretary-general of the OECD and head of the indicators and analysis division at the directorate for education, delivered a fascinating and thought-provoking keynote address on the development of PIAAC, the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies. Nina Arnhold, senior education specialist at World Bank, Krzysztof Gulda, director of the strategy department at the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education, and Adam Tyson, head of unit for higher education and Erasmus programme at the European Commission’s directorate-general for education and culture, joined an interactive high-level policy roundtable on how skills and human capital can kick-start much-needed growth, create jobs, spur innovation and provide better life chances for Europeans.