Prof Sandeep Gopalan, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, presented as part of a panel of academic leaders at the ET Skills Summit on November 17, 2021. The event brought together a global collection of leaders from academia, government, and business to discuss developments in the higher education landscape amidst covid-19. Prof Gopalan was on a panel discussing international collaborations between universities. He outlined the challenges for universities due to pandemic-related issues and the significant shifts in student enrollment. Prof Gopalan spoke about the need for universities to focus on value and ensure that students are being prepared for the future of work as automation continues apace. He described the many new initiatives underway at Carolina University and the close connection between our programs and employability.