WEBVTT 1 00:00:01.250 --> 00:00:07.610 Hello, my name is Dan Hill and I'm a co-founder of the MIT-Center based in 2 00:00:07.610 --> 00:00:08.780 Chisinau, Moldova. 3 00:00:09.380 --> 00:00:14.510 Today, I'd like to tell you about an exciting opportunity to participate in a 4 00:00:14.510 --> 00:00:20.330 new and important initiative which will have a very positive effect on Moldova's 5 00:00:20.330 --> 00:00:27.360 future. As we all know, the Republic of Moldova is confronting numerous economic 6 00:00:27.360 --> 00:00:32.310 problems, one of the main reasons for this is they're outdated and 7 00:00:32.310 --> 00:00:34.840 underfinanced education system. 8 00:00:35.580 --> 00:00:40.710 As a result, the best and brightest of their young people who are the country's 9 00:00:40.710 --> 00:00:45.840 future are leaving Moldova to get their education elsewhere. 10 00:00:46.530 --> 00:00:51.780 And many of these young people do not return, resulting in a brain drain that 11 00:00:51.780 --> 00:00:57.480 is very dangerous for the country's future prospects within higher 12 00:00:57.480 --> 00:01:03.300 education. About 7000 of Moldova's smartest students decide to study abroad 13 00:01:03.540 --> 00:01:08.820 each year, and this has been happening for more than a decade, with an 14 00:01:08.820 --> 00:01:11.160 increasing number leaving each year. 15 00:01:11.460 --> 00:01:16.620 Correspondingly, the number of university graduates within Moldova has 16 00:01:16.620 --> 00:01:19.650 been in steep decline for more than a decade. 17 00:01:20.670 --> 00:01:25.080 Another of Moldova's biggest problems is that its labor market does not have 18 00:01:25.080 --> 00:01:30.270 enough skilled workers related problems or a lack of highly qualified teaching 19 00:01:30.270 --> 00:01:35.760 academics and business leaders who frankly have received less education 20 00:01:36.090 --> 00:01:39.990 than needed to function at maximum effectiveness. 21 00:01:40.900 --> 00:01:44.530 A major problem is that the number of available I.T. 22 00:01:44.530 --> 00:01:50.200 specialists in Moldova has stagnated at around ten thousand, while the market's 23 00:01:50.200 --> 00:01:56.290 requirement for IT specialists is much higher and is growing by the year. 24 00:01:56.980 --> 00:02:01.180 I.T. companies are trying to solve this problem by recruiting employees from 25 00:02:01.180 --> 00:02:07.150 other countries in Southeast Europe and also by organizing their own internal 26 00:02:07.390 --> 00:02:08.730 training programs. 27 00:02:09.070 --> 00:02:13.690 A side effect of the shortage and IT specialists is at local salaries in the 28 00:02:13.690 --> 00:02:15.790 IT field are rising. 29 00:02:16.190 --> 00:02:19.780 But this does not mean that local companies are improving their 30 00:02:19.780 --> 00:02:22.420 competitiveness on the global market. 31 00:02:22.750 --> 00:02:25.500 In fact, the situation is the opposite. 32 00:02:26.110 --> 00:02:31.180 For the most part, training programs in neighboring countries are better 33 00:02:31.180 --> 00:02:36.040 implemented than they are in Moldova, and the number of Moldovan university 34 00:02:36.040 --> 00:02:41.980 graduates is declining as more young people are migrating abroad, as we have 35 00:02:41.980 --> 00:02:42.850 just discussed. 36 00:02:44.610 --> 00:02:50.280 Looking ahead further into the future, recent studies by McKinsey, the Gallup 37 00:02:50.280 --> 00:02:57.210 Institute and the World Economic Forum estimate that by the year 2030, five one 38 00:02:57.210 --> 00:03:03.120 billion global jobs will disappear as a result of digitalisation. 39 00:03:03.750 --> 00:03:09.360 Both employers and employees will have to be prepared to succeed in a world 40 00:03:09.630 --> 00:03:15.360 that's becoming increasingly technology reliant and where market requirements 41 00:03:15.360 --> 00:03:18.900 are developing and changing rapidly. 42 00:03:19.620 --> 00:03:25.530 Our goal here is not to cause panic, but rather to provide an elegant solution to 43 00:03:25.530 --> 00:03:32.670 the urgent requirement to keep Moldova's best and brightest in Moldova and also 44 00:03:32.670 --> 00:03:37.920 to assist Moldovan businesses by preparing young Moldovan university 45 00:03:37.920 --> 00:03:44.640 graduates to quickly provide value for the businesses which hire them in order 46 00:03:44.640 --> 00:03:49.740 for Moldova and Moldovan companies to be winners in the rapidly approaching 47 00:03:49.740 --> 00:03:54.990 future, we must be well prepared for the changes that are coming. 48 00:03:56.610 --> 00:04:01.410 It is time to start switching Moldovan education to a system that prepares 49 00:04:01.410 --> 00:04:06.060 young people with the specific skills required to be competitive and 50 00:04:06.060 --> 00:04:11.080 successful in the rapidly changing global marketplace. 51 00:04:11.310 --> 00:04:16.830 Of course, having better prepared employees will also result in Moldovan 52 00:04:16.830 --> 00:04:22.030 businesses being more competitive and successful on the global stage. 53 00:04:22.590 --> 00:04:26.460 One of the most promising new developments in the field of education 54 00:04:26.640 --> 00:04:30.530 is something called quality blended learning. 55 00:04:31.200 --> 00:04:35.820 It teaches and promotes personal responsibility better than any other 56 00:04:35.820 --> 00:04:40.830 education system and provides students with the necessary self-confidence 57 00:04:41.670 --> 00:04:44.760 that's required to build successful careers. 58 00:04:45.360 --> 00:04:49.800 Blended learning is already being used effectively in countries like the USA, 59 00:04:50.130 --> 00:04:54.050 China, Malaysia and South South Africa. 60 00:04:54.420 --> 00:04:57.300 Numerous other countries are also working to implement it. 61 00:04:57.300 --> 00:05:03.120 Right now, the MIT-Center has been established to implement the blended 62 00:05:03.120 --> 00:05:09.210 learning education model for Moldova in a high quality and financially 63 00:05:09.210 --> 00:05:10.320 affordable way. 64 00:05:11.990 --> 00:05:16.460 Please stay tuned for the next videos where we will show and explain the 65 00:05:16.460 --> 00:05:22.670 services that we provide and how our NGO will help jump start the use of state of 66 00:05:22.670 --> 00:05:25.610 the art blended learning in Moldova. 67 00:05:26.180 --> 00:05:30.800 Perhaps most importantly, we'll also explain how your organization can 68 00:05:30.800 --> 00:05:35.660 participate in and benefit from this important project. 69 00:05:36.200 --> 00:05:41.540 As I mentioned previously, a primary goal of our NGO is to serve. 70 00:05:41.750 --> 00:05:47.000 The local Moldovan business community will be working in close partnership 71 00:05:47.240 --> 00:05:53.450 with each participating organization to provide students with training that is 72 00:05:53.450 --> 00:05:58.820 tailored to develop the specific knowledge and skill sets that will be 73 00:05:58.820 --> 00:06:03.710 required by the companies where they will be working for a deeper 74 00:06:03.710 --> 00:06:10.400 understanding of our program and how you and your organization can benefit and 75 00:06:10.400 --> 00:06:17.240 participate. Please stay tuned for the next video with my friend, colleague and 76 00:06:17.240 --> 00:06:21.110 the founder of Mittie Guido Schratzer.