Conference discusses evolving dynamics of employment patterns

|     Danial Norjidi     |

THE 2nd ASEAN University Student Council (AUSCU) Conference brought together around 100 ASEAN youth representatives to discuss challenges and opportunities of Industry 4.0 on December 15-16 in Singapore.

University student leaders from across ASEAN member states and advisors from the ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Youth (SOMY) participated in the event.

According to a press release on the ASEAN Secretariat website, the conference carried the theme, ‘ASEAN Youth as Thought Leaders: Developing 21st Century Skills for Youth Leaders’, and highlighted panel discussions on, ‘Optimising the Role of Social Media in Youth Employment’, ‘the Rise of the Gig Economy: Employment Pattern Redefined’, and ‘Current Education in Sync with the Industry 4.0’.

Social media influencers including actor and entrepreneur from Indonesia Glenn Alinskie and Sylvia Chan of Singapore’s Night Owl Cinematics, as well as representatives of LinkedIn, Grab, Quipper and tech-preneurs from InvestEd and Zestaly were also present.

The press release noted that ASEAN youth activists as well as representatives from the ASEAN University Network and Passage to ASEAN enriched the discussions by sharing its vision and experience.

“Through a series of focus group discussions and World Café sessions, the students agreed that the dynamics of employment patterns were inevitable and would continue to evolve,” stated the press release. “The education system was suggested to be transformative and constantly realigned to meet the dynamic needs of employment patterns at all times.”

“The conference reaffirmed the important role of the ASEAN youth in creating innovative solutions to overcome any challenges that may emerge from Industry 4.0. Youth volunteerism was also underlined as an effective approach to develop 21st Century skills among ASEAN youth while at the same time, promote equitable access to the potential gains of Industry 4.0.

“Consistent with its objective, the conference delivered a set of recommendations to ensure the readiness of ASEAN students and youth for Industry 4.0.”

The press release added that the AUSCU was established in March 2017 as a platform of cooperation and collaboration among university student leaders and organisations that aims to, among others, raise ASEAN awareness.