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Reimagining the Futures of Higher Education 2050


IN preparation for the upcoming third UNESCO World Higher Education Conference, the University of the Futures Network (UFN), in partnership with UNESCO is organising a conference hosted by the University of South Africa (UNISA). 

The aim is to bring together global higher education experts and stakeholders to rethink and reimagine the higher education of the future. The focus of the conference is on the Futures of Higher Education, which is one of the 10 themes that will contribute to the WHEC 2022 theme on “Reinventing Higher Education for a Sustainable Future”. 

The organisers said: “WHEC is short for World Higher Education Conference. The conference theme will be “Reimagining the Futures of Higher Education 2050”. Other key objectives include stimulating discussions as we reimagine the futures of higher education. The two-day virtual conference will take place on 24-25 February 2022.”

During this two-day conference, world-renowned education experts, such as Professors Keri Facer, Ronald Barnett, Asha Kanwar, Duzulkifli Razak and many more, will share their visions of the university of the future with conference participants.

The organisers explained: “Stakeholders from around the world will debate about the futures of Higher Education with regard to the methodologies needed to be developed to get there and the policies required to be put in place for Higher Education transformation over the next decades. The resulting conclusions from the meeting will be presented at the WHEC 2022 in Barcelona from 18 to 20 May 2022 (https://en.unesco.org/news/unesco-world-higher-education-conference-2022).

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“The event is a combination of keynote presentations, panel discussions and breakaway sessions designed to stimulate discussions on futures research methodologies and policy engagement on the Futures of Higher Education. The breakaway sessions will offer spaces to reflect on and discuss higher education transformations, future research methodologies, as well as other key concepts explored throughout the conference.” The virtual conference is FREE to attend however, you need to register online by filling out this Registration Form in order to receive the conference link. The working language will be English.

By The African Mirror