From right, Raed Khoury, Dima Jamali, Hala Fadel, Lamia Moubayed and Maria Tannous attend a conference at AUB, Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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For many graduates in Lebanon, the changing labor market is a cause for concern. In a region where the World Bank says 30 percent of the unemployed have university degrees, young Lebanese worry about an outdated education system that can't guarantee a career. Students, academics and members of the tech sector gathered to watch and participate in a discussion on the challenges facing Lebanon's education system and economy as a whole between World Bank experts, entrepreneurs and three government ministers.Most speakers commented on the mismatch between the skills employers seek and those Lebanon's education system provides.Stephanie Abi Abdallah, a panel participant and programs director at the Beirut Digital District, said students were not sufficiently exposed to the private sector. Caretaker Economy Minister Raed Khoury agreed with WDR 2019 Director Federica Saliola and caretaker Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil on the need to reduce vulnerability and protect everyone in a system that has shifted away from traditional "9-to-5 jobs" to more informal work not covered by social security.
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