Monday, April 13, 2009

UNESCO: World conference on higher education

The first announcement has been issued of the 2009 World Conference to be held from 5 to 8 July 2009 at UNESCO, Paris. It will address questions such as:
To what extent is higher education today a driver for sustainable development in the national and international context? Does the sector live up to the expectations placed in it to induce change and progress in society and to act as one of the key factors for building knowledge-based societies? How does higher education contribute to the development of the education system as a whole? What are the most significant trends that will shape the new higher education and research spaces? How are learners and learning changing? What are the new challenges for “quality” and “equity”?

Check out an interview on the Conference with Stamenka Uvalić-Trumbić, Chief of the Section for Reform, Innovation and Quality Assurance, in the Higher Education Division at UNESCO’s Headquarters, in Paris.

Check out an interview with Marco Antonio Rodrigues Dias, the United Nations University representative at UNESCO who played a a central role in organizing the first UNESCO World Conference on Higher Education in 1998. The interview focuses on the higher education trends and the challenges to be faced in the coming years.

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