Seeds for the Future at the First European Business-Education Summit

Delivering on the European Pact for Youth

Brussels, Charlemagne, 23 November 2017

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Rue de la Loi 170
1000 Brussels

A Europe that protects and invests in youth

Co-hosted by CSR Europe and the European Commission, the Summit will act as a one-stop shop for EU officials, businesses, youth and education to boost business-education collaboration. Participants will discuss how to make business-education partnerships the new norm and vocational education and training (VET) and apprenticeships an equal choice for youth.

This event concludes the European Pact for Youth, which was launched in November 2015 as a mutual engagement of EU and business leaders, in close collaboration with youth and education. The Summit will be held in plenary, featuring high-level speakers from both public and private sectors, together with youth, to present and discuss the results of the Pact.

Seeds for the Future

Huawei is contributing to closing the digital skills gap, between job vacancies in Europe and candidates’ skills, in several ways. Its key contribution to the European Pact for Youth is Seeds for the Future, its global CSR programme, where selected students visit the company’s headquarters in China for a two-week study trip to learn about the business and research processes of a multinational, as well as Chinese culture and language.

Over 1 600 young Europeans from 32 countries have participated in Seeds for the Future since its launch in 2011. More than 2 000 will have been trained by 2020.

Other Huawei initiatives to be presented at the Summit include the Huawei Innovation Research Programme (HIRP) and its Open Labs supporting European developers.

In the Summit’s concluding afternoon session – Better Education, Better Business – Mr Gaston Khoury, and two student representatives from Huawei’s Seeds for the Future programme, will provide insights into Huawei’s education initiatives and their experience with the Seeds for the Future programme.

Agenda overview

09:45 – 10:15
Opening: Antonio Tajani, President, European Parliament
The European Pact for Youth co-chairs:
Marianne Thyssen, European Commissioner
Etienne Davignon, President, CSR Europe

10:15 – 10:45
Keynote speeches
Jean-Pierre Clamadieu, Chairman & CEO, SOLVAY
Diogo Parreira, President, JADE
Dr. Verena Greten, Managing Director, IAWM Institute, Belgium

10:45 – 11:15
Delivering on the Pact
Presentation of the European Pact for Youth results and National Action Plans
A personal story by a young beneficiary

11:15 – 11:30
Official results handover
Donald Tusk, President, European Council (TBC)

12:00 – 13:00
Session 1, First joint proposal: Make business-education partnerships the new norm

14:00 – 15:00
Session 2, Second joint proposal: Make VET/Apprenticeships an equal choice for youth

15:30 – 16:30
Session 3, Third joint proposal: Mainstream entrepreneurship and soft skills in learning

16:30 – 17:00
Conclusions of the day: better education, better business
Juan Antonio Zufiria, General Manager, IBM Europe
Gaston Khoury, Vice President Sales, Huawei Western Europe
Young beneficiaries from Huawei’s “Seeds for the Future”
Stefan Crets, Executive Director, CSR Europe

17:00 – 17:30
Closing ceremony
Mailis Reps, Estonian Minister of Education and Research, EU Presidency (TBC)
Marianne Thyssen, European Commissioner & Etienne Davignon, President, CSR Europe
Jean-Claude Juncker, President, European Commission (TBC)

2017 European Seeds for the Future event at the European Parliament

On Thursday 23 November, a group of 32 Seeds students from 15 EU member states will visit the European Commission and the European Parliament, meeting and engaging with MEPs from their own countries.

It is a chance for these young people to express their thoughts and expectations in relation to ICT education, skills and youth employment in the EU.