Top global education leaders deliberate on collaborative education models, new policies and future employment prospects
Chandigarh University signs MoUs with Iloilo University of Science and Technology, Philippines and the University of Bugema, Uganda
CHANDIGAR, India, October 4, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Focusing on shaping and strengthening international academic collaborations in higher education for innovative teaching methods and global sustainability of academic models, the 2022 World Education Summit, lasting of two days, started at the University of Chandigarh Gharuan, during which the vice-chancellors of more than 50 top universities in no less than 27 countries, including The United States of Americathe UK, Australia, Russia, Italy, Ireland, Ukraine, South Africa, Philippines, Cambodia, Malaysia, Ethiopiaetc participate.
Based on the theme “International Academic Collaborations in Higher Education for Innovation and Global Sustainability”, the summit was opened by Prof. (Dr) Sibrandes Poppema, President, Sunway University, Malaysia; Prof (Dr) Osei-Wusu Achaw, Vice Chancellor, Kumasi Technical University, Ghana; and Datin Paduka Prof. (Dr.) Dayang Hajah Zohrah Binti Haji Sulaiman, Vice-Chancellor, Brunei University of Technology, Bruneithe guests of honour, as well as Dr RS Bawa, Pro-Chancellor, and the Vice-Chancellor, Dr Anand AgarwalUniversity of Chandīgarh.
Speaking on this occasion, Professor (Dr) Sibrandes Poppema said: “EEducation is not only about finding and using your own talent for the greater good, but also about enabling others to develop their talents and in this context, all universities in the world can learn from each other.r.”
“This Global Education Summit is a great opportunity for participating universities to discuss the challenges they all face. Educational institutions around the world have learned the importance of collaborations in recent times. Partnerships between universities will allow all of us to do a better offer to our students, because we can share ours and implement from other universities, the strengths and resources,” he said and added that the need today is to share not only skills, knowledge and skills, but also values and mindset.
In his address, Professor (Dr) Osei-Wusu Achaw said that blended learning was in practice even before Covid-19 and must continue even after the pandemic is over.
“Many universities around the world were practicing blended learning even before the outbreak of Covid-19. They had many reasons for doing so, including the cost of education. The number of students is increasing every year, and with limited educational infrastructure, blended learning is a great way out. Also, not all students have the luxury of affording the best place for their education. Blended learning must continue even after the end of the Covid-19 pandemic,” he said, adding that the Summit will enable discussions on finding ways to ensure the sustainability of a selected blended learning model.
Datin Paduka Prof (Dr) Dayang Hajah Zohrah Binti Haji Sulaiman said that while Covid-19 has been a struggle for all education institutes around the world, it has also made the institutions more adaptable and open to adapt to the changes caused by the pandemic, as she hopes the Summit will provide an opportunity for universities to establish new networks and cooperate with each other.
Dr RS Bawa, Pro-Chancellor of the University of Chandigarh said: “This summit is our attempt to carry forward the vision of the Honorable Prime Minister Narendra Modi as planned in india new education policy, which emphasizes the internationalization of education by improving the standards of higher education in Indian universities and bringing them into line with global standards by encouraging Indian institutions to achieve go out and partner with the best international universities in the world. The summit will be an excellent springboard to boost the internationalization of education, further strengthening collaborations with international institutions around the world.”
On this occasion, two Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) were also signed by the University of Chandigarh. Dr. RS Bawa, Pro-Chancellor of Chandigarh University, signed the MoUs with Prof. (Dr.) Nemia H Mabaquiao, Vice President of External Affairs, Iloilo Science & Technology University, Philippinesand Prof (Dr) Paul KatambaVice-Chancellor, University of Bugema, Ugandarespectively.
During the two days of the Summit, education leaders from around the world will hold in-depth discussions on different topics, including “Using innovation to improve the quality of life”, “Sustainable models of blended learning in the era post-Covid”, “Using partnerships to develop models to meet future student aspirations”, “Defining universal skills for employability without borders” and “Creating an inquiry-based learning model‘, says Dr. Bawa.
During the first deliberation session chaired by Professor (Dr) Isaac Ipara Odeo, Vice-Chancellor of Kibabii University, Kenyaand based on the topic “Using Innovation to Improve Quality of Life”, Prof (Dr) Zhyldyz Orozobek Kyzy, Head of International Relations Office, Naryn State University, Kyrgyzstan said: “In today’s world which is still reeling from the crisis and which is looking for new, stronger, more inclusive and sustainable ways forward, policies to promote innovation are more relevant than ever before. We must create the new and diffuse the old in new processes and methods in the world of education to create the possibilities for a better future, accelerated by the accessibility of education.”
Citing the report of the New World Economic Forum, she also emphasized the integration of technological advances in education, saying that nearly 133 million new jobs will be created by 2022, while 75 million jobs will be replaced by artificial intelligence, automation and robotics.
Teacher. dr) Luciano SasoVice Rector, La Sapienza University of Roma, Italy said that digitization was one of the few bright spots to emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic and that it was imperative that universities around the world come together to innovate, using advances in technology, to solve The problems that the world is facing.
“We must be ready to adopt, to change the basis of the program according to the times and to regulate the courses. We must try to add new things and also to remove redundant elements,” he added.
About Chandigarh University
The University of Chandigarh is an NAAC A+ grade university and a self-governing educational institution approved by UGC and is located near Chandigarh in the state of Punjab. It is one of the youngest universities in India and one of the only private universities in Punjab to have received an A+ rating from the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC). CU offers over 109 UG and PG programs in engineering, management, pharmacy, law, architecture, journalism, entertainment, hospitality management, business, and others . It was awarded as the university with the best placements by the WCRC.