Higher education institutions that engage strategically with employers create graduates that are better prepared for the workforce. As the direct link to the market, employers understand best what knowledge and skills are needed from their hires for their businesses to succeed.

How can educators create a win-win scenario to build and maintain relationships with companies for the long-term? In this webinar, we will explore how universities are utilizing program advisory committees, applied research, and more to successfully drive their connections with industry.


  • Prof. Ismael Al-Hinti is the President of Al Hussein Technical University (HTU). Previously he was Head of the Mechanical Engineering Department at Hashemite University, followed by a tenure at the School of Applied Technical Sciences at the German Jordanian University.
  • Dr. Peter Constantinou is Associate Professor at the School of Public Policy and Administration at York University. Peter is also the Academic Director of the Ontario Legislature Internship Programme. He has worked at senior levels in the federal and provincial governments as a lobbyist in the college and university sector.
  • Leonardo Lima is an for IFC’s Vitae, where he leads assessments and implementation to improve employability services at higher education institutions. Before joining IFC, Leonardo worked as the Corporate Relations Director at IE Business School.
  • Amy Refaat is the webinar moderator for this session as well as Senior Private Sector Specialist for IFC's Vitae program for employability in higher education.

Higher education institutions have an unprecedented opportunity to become more competitive by embracing the employability agenda. IFC’s webinar series on "Employability in Higher Education" shares lessons learned with educators intent on ensuring rewarding careers for their graduates.