International Expert Roundtable 2012


The IAL's Centre for Skills, Performance and Productivity Research (CSPPR) brought together researchers with an international reputation in the field of skills utilisation and education for a week-long Expert Group Meeting from 14 to 18 May 2012.  The event created greater awareness of the Singapore’s workforce in terms of skills utilisation among the international community, and explored collaborative research projects between the international researchers and the local research community. Stronger ties were forged amongst IAL, policy makers, and the international experts.  The outcomes are likely to deepen the understanding of skills utilisation training and education, and will add considerably to our current research projects.


Key Experts


Professor Phil Brown, Distinguished Research Professor, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University, United Kingdom

Expertise: Impact of globalisation on higher education; graduate employment; MNCs and talent strategies 


Prof Andy Dickerson, Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom

Expertise: Value of generic and computing skills; productivity and skills; mismatches of skills; distribution and returns to qualifications.


Professor David Finegold, Senior Vice President for Lifelong Learning and Strategic Growth Initiatives, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, USA

Expertise: Skill development systems and their relationship to economic performance and corporate governance; impact of higher education in India and China on economic growth


Prof Irena Grugulis, Professor of Employment Studies, Durham Business School, Durham University, UK

Expertise: Role of skills in employee and employer relations; national vocational qualifications (NVQs) in the UK; skills and employment in the creative sector.


Assoc Prof Hui Weng Tat, Associate Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore 

Expertise: Impact of globalisation on labour markets, economic issues of migration, education, ageing and retirement, and labour market policies in Singapore. 


Prof Hugh Lauder, Professor of Education and Political Economy, University of Bath, UK

Expertise: Political economy of skills formation; globalisation and the emergence of high skill-low wage economies.