Saturday | 26. May 2018

Future education and digital competence – Macromedia students in dialogue with European Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen in Berlin


On invitation of the European Commission, more than 30 international master students from Berlin were able to meet Vice President Jyrki Katainen, EU commissioner for growth, jobs and investments.


(Berlin) Jyrki Katainen, Finnland’s former Prime Minister, took more than one hour time to answer master students’ questions at the European House in Berlin-Mitte. He was especially interested in questions about the job market development for young people. Investments in digital research, artificial intelligence and “good teachers” he named as very important. Furthermore, special competences were needed to deal with digital change and to take along all those who have been excluded from the development so far. A too high percentage of Europeans, Katainen highlighted, still wouldn’t  be able to read and write or to deal with the rapidly changing technology environment. In addition, students from Macromedia University Berlin raised questions on data security and digital transfer in Europe.

Prof. Dr. Gernot Wolfram, a member of Team Europe of the European Commission in Germany and responsible for questions on cultural and intercultural affairs, had organized the meeting: “In times of populism, hate speeches and other European problems, it is refreshing to experience politicians like Katainen who present their ideas in a calm way without emotional sensation seeking. This objectiveness and openess to critical questions is a value not being self-evident in political conversations.” He was accompanied by media expert Dr. Jan Niklas Kocks.

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On May 22, European Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen participated in the Citizens' Dialogue on the future of Europe in Berlin-Mitte. Image: ©European Commission/Elke A. Jung-Wolff

Whether populism, hate speeches in social media or plastic waste, master students from campus Berlin actively participated in the dialogue. Image: ©European Commission/Elke A. Jung-Wolff

Gernot Wolfram, member of Team Europe in Germany and Head of Graduate School Team Europe alongside media expert Dr. Jan Kocks organized the field trip to the Citizens' Dialogue „Europe of tomorrow and global trends“. Foto: ©European Commission/Filmstill

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