Category Archives: Workforce Education/Training
Dr. Ángel Cabrera is the President of George Mason University.
It’s common knowledge that the U.S. has the best research universities in the world. And the numbers seem to support this claim: according to a ranking provided by Jiao Tong University in Shanghai, 85 of the top 200 are American—and George Mason University is one of them. However, when you take population into consideration, the U.S. slips from first place to ninth, behind countries like Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden and Israel.
The reason why these numbers matter a great deal is the fact the number of top research universities per capita in any given country is strongly correlated with that country’s ability to compete in the global marketplace. Switzerland for example has the most top universities per capita, and it is also the world’s most competitive nation according to the World Economic Forum. The U.S. is now ranked fifth in terms of competitiveness.
More than anything else, our economic growth and our global competitiveness depends on our ability to prepare a highly-skilled educated workforce that is equipped with the knowledge, creativity and adaptiveness to meet the expectations and opportunities of an ever-evolving 21st century marketplace.
Over the next decade, the career sectors that will account for the largest demand in the Washington region are professional, scientific and technical services (345,000 net new jobs), and healthcare and social services (77,700 net new jobs).
A college degree has become the essential entry point into the high-end job market, and the keys to continued success will be an ongoing commitment to upgrading this knowledge base and skill-set. To remain competitive, our professional and technical workforce will need to hone and expand its capabilities through additional education throughout their careers. Fifty-one percent of net new jobs in the region over the next decade will require a bachelor’s degree or more. This compares to only 21% of new jobs nationally.
On May 22nd, the 2030 Group hosted a meeting for many business leaders and regional organizations from across the Metropolitan Washington area, urging them to take a larger role in regional leadership and cooperation. Some 75 attendees featured members from Urban Land Institute, Federal City Council, NAIOP’s Virginia and Maryland Chapters, Maryland and Virginia’s Transportation Alliances, Washington Airports Task Force, Maryland and Northern Virginia’s Building Industry Associations, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, and several others.
Jonathan Aberman is Founder and Managing Director of Amplifier Ventures.
The momentum and excitement surrounding entrepreneurship in the Greater Washington Region is palpable. I see this every day in my various roles in our community. My days are now full of meetings and interactions with entrepreneurs and supporters who are heavily engaged in making our region a strong entrepreneurial ecosystem. Although the circumstances are very different this time than in the late 90s, it is important to remember that we had a similar period of enthusiasm and support for entrepreneurship during that period. Unfortunately, when the Internet bubble burst in 2001 the momentum surrounding entrepreneurship stalled.