The International education business Partnership Network (The IPN) has focused on the interface between education, business and community since 1992. IPN2012 marks the 20th anniversary of the first IPN conference held in Birmingham, United Kingdom. The organisation draws together networks and individuals from different countries and backgrounds to explore and facilitate the process of partnering as a strategy to enhance the transition from learning to earning for all ages.
MIET Africa, a member of the IPN network and a leading African NGO with a substantial history of engaging with the realities of education on the African continent, is hosting the 11th International Education Business Partnership Network Conference - IPN2012, from 25-28 September 2012 in Durban.
IPN2012 will offer a unique opportunity for delegates to take part in dialogue to build appreciation, understanding and learning about appropriate ways for business and education to work together.
Practitioners and stakeholders from different countries and cultures will share their success stories as well as the challenges they face. Previous conferences have spawned new cross-national and cross-cultural partnerships that will be present at the conference and with which all delegates will have the opportunity to engage.
The learning to earning transition is crucial to future economic prosperity. Countries around the globe face similar challenges including rising youth unemployment, gender stereotyping and low take-up of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects and careers.
Delegates at IPN2012 will engage around creative, sustainable, effective and innovative partnerships and will exchange approaches to common issues with others from Africa and across the world around the following themes:
- Partnerships that demonstrate capacity building, leadership and innovation;
- Partnerships for the development of enterprise and entrepreneurial skills;
- Partnerships that inspire young people in science, technology, engineering and maths;
- Partnerships that support health, well-being and learning;
- Partnerships that have a key role in building employability skills for the 21st century.
Who will be part of IPN2012?
Business leaders and other members of the business sector, educators, entrepreneurs, policy makers, trade unions, investors in partnerships (CSI funders), higher and further education practitioners, vocational education practitioners, NGOs, careers guidance professionals and anyone who has an interest in improving opportunities for youth globally.
Join the movement and become part of IPN2012
The conference aims to encourage all delegates to actively engage in information-sharing and networking. If you would like to make a more formal contribution we are seeking:
- Submissions from successful partnerships to exhibit during the conference in a poster exhibition;
- Discussion group leaders to addressing the themes of the conference;
- Entries for the Global Best Awards (entries close 16 April 2012);
- Entries for the Global Enterprise Challenge.
For more information on how to enter the awards or to register for this important event go to: www.ipnconference2012.org
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