UNESCO IITE held a high-level expert meeting on foresight in ICT in higher education

In the framework of a joint project on foresight in higher education, UNESCO IITE and the Section of Higher Education at UNESCO’s Education Sector the first meeting of experts “Access, Equity and Quality: Envisioning the Future of Higher Education in a Digital Age” was organized on March 25-26, 2015 at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. The project is intended to analyse ICT-related innovations and current/emerging trends in ICT use in higher education, to develop the potential scenarios, and to identify the strategies, which would ensure the harnessing of the potential of ICT and wider access and higher quality of learning at universities.

The event was attended by leading experts in the field of foresight and representatives of  international organizations, as well as associations and consortia: EDUCAUSE, International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE), the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP), New Media Consortium (NMC), Skoltech, etc. Representatives of leading universities from Australia, Brazil, China, Korea, South Africa, UAE, as well as IT-companies took part in the meeting.

The main objectives of the event were to overview the results of the preliminary phase of the project and discussions of the paper submitted to the attention of experts and creation a joint methodology of the research and plans for the next year. On the second day the participants took part in the foresight session, during which participants discussed and ranked the most key trends in ICT use in education.

Opening Ceremony:

David ATCHOARENA, Director, Division for Planning and Development of Education Systems, UNESCO

Alexander KHOROSHILOV, Officer-in-Charge of UNESCO IITE

Bernard CORNU, France

Discussion Paper on Foresight in ICT in Education
Mr. Victor Van RIJ, Senior Policy Advisor, Faculty of Sciences, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands
UNESCO Activities in Foresight
Mr. Steven Riel MILLER, Senior Specialist, Social and Human Sciences Sector, UNESCO
EDUCAUSE capabilities and findings relevant to ICT Foresight
Ms. Susan GRAJEK, Vice President, Data, Research, and Analytics, EDUCAUSE
ICDE and ICT in Higher Education
Mr. Gard TITLESTAD, Secretary General, International Council for Open and Distance Education
Envisioning the Future of Higher Education in a Digital Age
Mr. Sindre ROESVIK, Chairman of the Technical Committee 3 for Education, IFIP, Norway
Foresight in Higher Education
Mr. Steven DUGGAN, Director, Worldwide Education Strategy, Microsoft Corporation
On the Horizon for Higher Education
Mr. Larry JOHNSON, Chief Executive Officer, New Media Consortium, USA
Future Begins Today
Mr. Denis KONANCHUK , Skolkovo Education Development Centre (SEDeC), Russia
Reimagine Education: Visions, Strategies and Examples
Mr. Johannes HEINLEIN, Vice-President of Strategic Partnerships, edX
Foresight in ICT in Higher Education
Ms. Jill DOWNIE, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Education, Curtin University, Australia
Brazil «Ups & Downs» in the impact on the use of ICTs in Higher Education
Mr. Carlos LONGO, Pro-Rector of Academics, Universidade Positivo, Brasil
ICT Applications in Higher Engineering (Professional) Education in Digital Era
Mr. Jianzhong CHA, UNESCO Chairholder, Jiaotong University, Beijing, China
Education Ecosystem to Challenge Higher Education Issues in Korea
Mr. Dae-Joon HWANG, School of Information & Communication Engineering, Sungkyunkwan University, Korea
The African University of the future: foresight and experience in the use of ICTs
Mr. Kuzvinetsa Peter DZVIMBO, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic and Research), Vaal University of Technology, South Africa
ICT in higher education: challenges and perspectives
Mr. Alain SENTENI, Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University, UAE


List of participants

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