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The futures of higher education: Collective intelligence for knowledge and learning | Dubai

24 January, 2022 hora: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

The International UNESCO Chairs Forum on the Futures of Higher Education is being organized jointly by Italy and UNESCO at Expo 2020 Dubai to mark the International Day of Education 2022. The Forum fits within the overall framework of UNESCO’s Futures of Education initiative which seeks to generate an agenda for global debate, research and action on the futures of education, learning and knowledge in a world of increasing complexity, uncertainty and precarity. It is also one of the preparatory events for the 3rd UNESCO World Higher Education Conference (WHEC2022) to be held 18-20 May 2022 in Barcelona, Spain. WHEC2022 and its preparatory events aim to define and prepare knowledge-based, participatory scenarios to shape a new era of higher education systems and institutions, particularly in the wake of the COVID-19 disruption.

The International UNESCO Chairs Forum offers a platform to leverage collective interdisciplinary intelligence relative to the futures of higher education systems, with a focus on skills development in the context of the uncertain futures of work, as well as on the digital transformation of our societies and its implications for higher education. Following an introductory high-level segment that frames the Forum, two expert panels will be devoted to: (1) Skills for Work and Life, and (2) Digitalization and Connectivity, bringing in international and inter-disciplinary perspectives. Finally, the Declaration of the Italian UNESCO Chairs for Sustainability will also be introduced and presented.

UNESCO IESALC director, Francesc Pedró, will give the keynote speech: “the Futures of Higher Education: Global trends, opportunities and challenges” along with professors Alberto Melloni, UNESCO Chair in Religious Pluralism and Peace, Italy; and Domenico Simeone, UNESCO Chair on Education for Human Development and Solidarity among Peoples, Italy, from 11:15h – 11:30h (Dubai GMT +4) | 3:15h-3:30h (Caracas, GMT-4).

The International UNESCO Chairs Forum on the Futures of Higher Education will be held in hybrid mode from 11:00h to 13:00h (Dubai GMT +4) | 3:00h – 5:00h (Caracas GMT -4)

Working language: English.

The hybrid event will be livestreamed on Facebook Italy Expo 2020 & YouTube Italy Expo 2020.

Concept note and agenda of the event

Further information on the UNESCO website



24 January, 2022
11:00 am - 1:00 pm