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Widening the Online Skills Bottleneck

May 27, 2021
17:00 GMT+8 | 12:00 GMT+3

2020 was the year of online education, driven primarily by global shutdown and health concerns from COVID-19. During that period of mass migration online, concerns were raised over students’ access to education, but an equally big concern emerged on educator’s and researcher’s access and ability to navigate online and digital tools. According to respondents in QS’ academic survey, many still experience a bottleneck in placing their teaching and learning online.

In the lead up to the EduData Summit in June, QS In Conversation will discuss how lecturers, tutors, researchers, and educators can be supported by institutions and platforms to widen the bottleneck, and tap into centuries of expertise and knowledge.

Our Speakers


Vice President of Enterprise, EMEA

Anthony is the VP of Enterprise at Coursera in EMEA. He has more than 20 years experience in the technology and corporate learning space. Before joining Coursera in 2019, Anthony held several leadership positions, including Area Vice President UK at Cornerstone OnDemand, Chief Sales Officer for Launchpad Recruits, Sales Director EMEA for Cogeco Peer 1, and UK Country Manager for Kronos. He also has an MBA from Durham University Business School.

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Associate Provost, Dean of Education
Skolkovo Institute for Science and Technology

Clément Fortin, a Professor of the Practice at the Skoltech Space Center and Associate Provost and Dean of Education, joined Skoltech in April 2014. Since then, he has been responsible for achieving the strategic agenda of the Institute, including collaboration with MIT, interacting with the senior leadership, staff and faculty.

From 2010 until 2014, he was President and CEO of the Consortium for Research and Innovation in Aerospace in Québec (CRIAQ), an open-innovation research consortium dedicated to the development of collaborative research projects in the aerospace industry. He led the development of the CRIAQ collaborative research model across Canada.

He was previously the Director of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at École Polytechnique de Montréal and has been a professor at this institution since 1987. From 2006 until 2010, he was Co-chair for the Americas of CDIO (Conceive-Design-Implement-Operate), an initiative that proposes an innovation educational framework for engineering education.

Clément Fortin created Polyplan Technologies Inc., a spin-off company of École Polytechnique developing an innovative Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution for concurrent engineering. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering.


Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic & International)
UiTM, Malaysia

Professor Dr Roziah Mohd Janor, a Professor of Statistics at the Faculty of Computer Sciences & Mathematics, UiTM, Malaysia. Her area of teaching and research include Statistical Modelling, Measurement in Quality, Data Envelopment Analysis on Departmental Efficiency, University Impact Study, Structural Equation Modelling, Customer Satisfaction Modelling, and Survey Design, Learner Success Model, Values Survey, Online CPI and University Impact Study.
She has served UiTM for 30 years in various capacities as fellow at the then Institute of Quality and Knowledge Advancement, as head of strategic information UiTM, as Director of Academic Quality, and as Director of Curriculum Affairs, UiTM.

Served as Assistant Vice Chancellor at Institute Quality & Knowledge Advancement, UiTM for 5 years managing all the quality initiatives of the university, including institutional accreditation, programme accreditation, quality excellence model, quality management systems, Innovation @ Work and the University Ranking Project.

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Professor, Faculty of International Relations
L.N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University

Dr. Seyit Ali Avcu is a political scientist and currently a faculty member at Yıldırım Beyazıt University in Ankara, Turkey. He received his Ph.D. in International Relations and Comparative Politics from the University of Virginia, USA. Prior to coming to Yıldırım Beyazıt University, he thought in several universities in the USA, Turkey, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. He served as a director of Central Asian Research Center (ORASAM) at Kyrgyzstan-Turkey Manas University where he directed several research projects. He is the former Kyrgyzstan country director of Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA). His research focuses on integration, Eurasian Economic Union, political parties, ethnic conflict, nationalism, and religion and politics. He is the author: Avcu, Seyit Ali. (2015), Economic Reforms and Party System Fragmentation in Turkey. Germany: Omniscriptum Gmbh & Company Kg. ISBN: 3659688746, 9783659688744  and Avcu, Seyit Ali. (2017), (Edited with Adem Çaylak) Osmanlı’dan Günümüze Türkiye’nin Siyasal Hayatı(Turkish Politics from Ottomans to present). Ankara: Savaş Yayınları. His articles on Central Asia appeared in International Journals. Dr. Avcu speaks Turkish (native) English, Russian, Arabic, Kyrgyz and Kazakh.



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

Future needs are shifting, and providing an education that covers all is becoming more difficult. If 2020 was a year of reaction to disruption, 2021 is the year to prepare for future changes. How can institutions adapt their models for students today and tomorrow? Is there a method to prepare a student for a lifetime and what does it look like?

– Esra Aldhaen, Executive Director Centre for Quality Assurance and Accreditation, Ahlia University
– Ursula El Hage, Quality expert, Université Saint Joseph
– Chris Rudd, Deputy Vice Chancellor & Head of Campus Singapore, James Cook University
– Carla Saba, Deputy General Manager, Berytech

Students and graduates face new challenges in the education and job markets. We discuss what skills students in Asian Pacific need to prepare for tomorrow.

– Raghav Gupta, Managing Director, India & Apac, Coursera
– Joyce Teo Siew Yean, Assistant Vice Chancellor And Vice President (Global Affairs), Universiti Brunei Darussalam
– Sandeep Sancheti, Vice Chancellor, Srmist, Chennai
– Atty Lily Freida T Macabangun-Milla, Officer-in-charge, Office Of The Deputy Executive Director; And Director, International Affairs Staff, Commission On Higher Education, Philippines
– L SS Reddy, Vice Chancellor, KL Deemed to be University, Vijayawada, India

Students and graduates face new challenges in the education and job markets. We discuss what skills students in Eastern Europe need to prepare for tomorrow.

– Nayeli Wild, Director, University Partnerships. Coursera
– Olga Mamaeva, Deputy Head Of Elearning, Hse University
– Peter Szakal, Director, Directorate For Academic Affairs, University Of Szeged
– Ekaterina Lyubimova, Director Of Digital Content Service, University 2035

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.

– Sean O Ferguson, Associate Dean, Asia School of Business (ASB)
– Esra Aldhaen, Executive Director, Quality Assurance and Accreditation, Ahlia University Bahrain
– Alex Chisholm, Head of Analytics, QS Quacquarelli Symonds

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