Digitalization is an ongoing global process comprising aspects such as smart manufacturing, digital learning, big data, data security and many others. In the long term, digitalization alters economical influences, enhances global power shifts and reshapes balances between international cooperation and competition.
Japan and Germany, two highly developed industrial countries, are operating within this framework of an expected massive transformation of all areas of life. Both countries strive to nurture their status as leading industrial nations. It is crucial to ascertain sufficient skilled labour in order to meet these challenges in the future.
But what are the skills, competences and expertise required of future personnel in Germany and Japan? And how do both countries' highly differentiated educational systems as well as their companies impart these skills? What are the tasks lying ahead of us and how might we learn from each other?
Against this background the Japanese-German Center Berlin, the Robert Bosch Foundation and the Alumni Association of the German-Japanese Young Leaders Forum are hosting this symposium.
Prof. Dr. Christoph IGEL (Head of Educational Technology Lab EdTec),
Dr. TOKUMASU Shinji (Director for Manufacturing Industry Systems & Digitalization at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry METI),
and Dr. Thomas LANGE (Head of Program Area Education at acatech)
will share their views with us on these and further questions and will join a panel discussion with alumni of the Young Leaders Forum and the audience.
The symposium will be held at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) on Friday 16 September 2016, from 9.30 am until 1 pm (Kapelle-Ufer 1, 10117 Berlin, Germany).
For details please refer to the program. The conference language will be English only.
To register for the event, please send the following personal details (in English) to
Amanda Schütze (Ms.) at firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, 7 September 2016:
- Title, First Name, Last Name
- Position, Institution
- E-Mail Address
Please note that for security reasons only registered guests will be able to attend. You will be required to identify yourself with your identity card or passport at the entrance.