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September 24, 2020
18:00 GMT+8 | 11:00 BST | 03:00 PDT
As the world changes, the skills graduates and workers require for employment are also changing. We look at the findings of QS’ Global Skils Gap report and discuss with employers.

Our Speakers


Associate Dean
Asia School of Business (ASB)

Dr Sean O Ferguson is currently an Associate Dean at the Asia School of Business (ASB) in Malaysia. ASB is a start-up partnership collaboration between the MIT Sloan and Bank Negara Malaysia (the Central Bank of Malaysia) established in 2015.
He is an education industry opinion leader having been quoted by publications including the Financial Times, Forbes, and the Wall Street Journal. Sean also has served on numerous international boards in Asia, the USA, and Europe. Currently, Ferguson is serving on the board of MBA CSEA, where he was the first elected board member from an Asia-Pacific business school.

Ferguson received his doctorate in Global Education from the University of Southern California. His area of expertise focuses on employability and career management in Asia-Pacific. He also has an MBA from Rice University and a BS in Engineering from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.

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Executive Director, Quality Assurance and Accreditation
Ahlia University Bahrain

Holds a Doctorate from Brunel University London, in the area of Strategic decisions and quality in the context of Higher Education, currently an Executive Director of Quality Assurance and Assistant Professor at Ahlia University Bahrain. appointed external reviewer and conducted various QA reviews as part of Oman Academic Accreditation Authority (OAAA) and Bahrain Quality Assurance (BQA) for Programme and National Qualification Framework validation. An expert in strategic planning, measurement and evaluation for higher education including assessment of internal and external environment. Published various research in the area of strategy, teaching and learning and quality management. As Advanced Higher Education Principal Fellow (PFHEA) and expert in curriculum review, design and mapping to the National Qualification Framework, enabled AU to place its qualifications on NQF Bahrain, which led the university for a promising future.


Head of Analytics
QS Quacquarelli Symonds

Alex Chisholm is Head of Analytics for the QS Intelligence Unit where he leads a product team that creates dashboards and insight reports for global universities. Since joining in 2017, he has also leveraged results from wider QS survey findings to better understand trends impacting students and higher education institutions worldwide.

Alex has 15 years of experience helping organizations use data to make more evidence based decisions. Previously Alex spent nearly a decade working with the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) where he led a broad management education research program.

Alex, who lives in Amsterdam with his wife and two daughters, is an avid teacher and continues to deliver online, synchronized data analytics courses for working professionals at Harvard University Extension School. He holds a master’s degree in economics from George Mason University and an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.




Editor and Program Designer
QS Quacquarelli Symonds

Anton John Crace is Editor and Program Designer in the QS Intelligence Unit in Singapore. Through his role, he edits QS’ university news and rankings supplements. He has worked within international education for almost a decade including within an education provider, education agent training platform and media.

He was the Asia Pacific Editor of The PIE News, an international education media outlet, and broke stories including the decision of some universities to pay Indian agents GST and the New Zealand government’s decision to scrap a review into in-study work rights for international students. For many years he was also a familiar face on the conference circuit throughout the Asia Pacific through live tweeting – follow him on Twitter @antoncrace.

Anton was recognized as the Universities Australia Higher Education Journalist of the Year in 2019 at the National Press Club of Australia, and received the Excellence Award for Professional Commentary from the International Education Association of Australian in 2018.


Past Episodes

Many students expect they will be able to find a job after their studies and undertake an internship during it. How are universities engaging with employers and how can they continue to do so during a period of social distancing?

– Beverley Oliver, Emeritus Professor and Principal Consultant, EduBrief
– Kym Nguyen, Director, Global Market Development, QS Enrolment Solutions
– Gordon Scott, Managing Director, Successful Graduate Pty Ltd

Partnerships are integral for growth and innovation. Private sector and education provider collaboration has driven excellence, but creating that collaboration is not straightforward. This episode considers how reputation can be used to foster partnerships for the future.

– Andy Free, Head Of Partner Markets, Impero Software
– Ann Gabriel, Senior Vice President For Global Strategic Networks, Elsevier
– David Reggio, Frsa, Global Head Of Consulting, Qs Quacquarelli Symonds

The traditional classroom model is in many ways a controlled environment which eliminates many distraction. Online, however, removes control from lecturers and tutors. How can institutions maintain student engagement online and avoid losing to other distractions?

– Dr Betty Vandenbosch, Chief Content Officer, Coursera
– Alex Chisholm, Head of Analytics, QS Quacquarelli Symonds
– Dr Gog Soon Joo, Chief Futurist, Chief Skills Officer, Chief Research Officer, SkillsFuture Singapore