YBSS attracts international talent to region
16 August 2017
The internationalisation of Brainport Eindhoven is given an extra impulse during the second edition of the Young Brainport Summer School (YBSS) from the 19th till the 26th of August. Forty gifted youngsters from 22 countries from all over the world are introduced to the innovative activities and culture of the city of Eindhoven and its surrounding area. The final goal is to offer these top talents a ‘life-changing experience’ in order to keep them connected to Brainport Eindhoven and become motivated ambassadors for our region.
During YBSS the passion about science and technology that participating talents (15 to 18 years old) already have is further encouraged by introducing them to the innovations, education- and research institutes, labs and companies that are characteristic for the region. Renowned professors and representatives from industry and knowledge institutes introduce the youngsters to new technologies. They will get special demo’s, visit striking companies and fulfil challenging assignments. Besides this the program contains remarkable social activities to get to know the region and the city of Eindhoven. “A successful combination,” according to Robert Adragna from Canada, one of last year’s participants: “Participants should be prepared to have their mind absolutely blown. It was an incredible experience. Not only because we got to know Brainport Eindhoven, but also because of the great merging of so many different and very cool people.”
During YBSS the talents do no only get to learn about the revolutionary high tech manufacturing industry and the extraordinary ecosystem in Brainport Eindhoven, but also about the technological breakthroughs that are invented here and how the region gets global recognition because of this. “In this manner the region succeeds in attracting the talent that is needed for the future”, says Yvonne van Hest, program director at Brainport Development. “Because of the shortage on the technological labour market many companies in Brainport Eindhoven already face a shortage of skilled personnel. That is why we have an important task to realise an extensive talent pool that consists of national and international students. YBSS is one of the ways we use to fill this talent pool.” In August 2016 the first edition took place in collaboration with the Canadian Waterloo region. According to the youngsters and companies and knowledge institutes that participated it was a great success. The result was excellent promotion for the region by YBSS’s alumni with the idea to in the end convince them to choose for a study or job in the region.
At the end of the week all participants get a certificate from Martin van Acht, president of the board of control of the Brainport Schools. This means that the second bunch of international ambassadors departs to share their experiences with other potential future knowledge workers.