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UNESCO Future Forum will discuss prospects of knowledge acquisition

Posted by benjamin-nicolau en mayo 11, 2009

UNESCO Future Forum will discuss prospects of knowledge acquisition

 

The acquisition and sharing of knowledge, key to social and economic development, have been dramatically changed and accelerated by information and communication technologies. To identify the challenges and consequences of this trend, UNESCO is devoting the second session of its Future Forum to the role and impact of ICTs in the knowledge process and to their potential for enhancing education, the sciences and culture.

 

 

Entitled “The Future of Knowledge Acquisition and Sharing”, the forum will take place at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on 11 May from 10.00 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. (Room IV). It will bring together international experts, decision-makers and private sector representatives to address three main questions: How will we acquire and share knowledge in 2025? How will technology shape lifelong learning in 2025? How will knowledge acquisition and sharing change in higher education and research? 

The Forum will be opened by the Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura. Roberto Carneiro, Former Minister of Education of Portugal and now Dean of the Institute for Distance Learning at the Portuguese Catholic University, will give the keynote address. 

Speakers will include: 
Talal Abu-Ghazaleh, Chairman of the Talal-Ghazalah Organization; 
Lidia Brito, Former Minister of Science and Technology of Mozambique; 
Brenda Gourley, Vice Chancellor of the Open University of the United Kingdom; Thierry Karsenti, Canada Research Chair on Information and Communication Technologies in Education; 
Bruno Lanvin, Executive Director of INSEAD eLab; 
Gillian M. Marcelle, Wits Business School, South Africa; 
Jai Menon, Vice-President of the Technical Strategy and Global University Programmes of IBM; 
Claudia Morrell, Founder and CEO of the Multinational Development of Women in Technology (MDWIT); 
Rinalia Abdul Rahim, Former Executive Director of the Global Knowledge Partnership, Malaysia; 
Francisco Sagasti, former World Bank Director of Strategic Planning and current Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board to the Prime Minister of Peru; 
Michelle Sellinger, of Cisco’s Internet Business Solutions Group, Asia-Pacific. 

UNESCO’s Future Forum series aims to contribute to the understanding of global trends and related societal challenges, to assess their impact and to determine UNESCO’s response.

 

 

Author(s):UNESCOPRESS

Source:Media Advisory No. 2009 – 24

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