The Futures of Higher Education: International UNESCO Chairs Forum

Jointly organised by Italy and UNESCO at Expo 2020 Dubai, the International UNESCO Chairs Forum on the Futures of Higher Education was held on 24 January 2022, to mark the International Day of Education 2022.

This Forum is part of the overall framework of UNESCO’s Future of Education initiative which aims to generate an agenda for global debate, research and action on the futures of education, learning and knowledge in an increasingly complex, uncertain and precarious world. It is also one of the preparatory events for the 3rd UNESCO World Higher Education Conference (WHEC2022) which will be held from 18 to 20 May 2022 in Barcelona, Spain. WHEC2022 and its preparatory events aim to define and prepare participatory knowledge-based scenarios for shaping a new era of higher education systems and institutions, especially in the wake of the COVID-19 disruption.

The International UNESCO Chairs Forum provides a platform to make use of the collective interdisciplinary intelligence on the futures of higher education systems, focusing 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.

After a high-level introductory, two experts panels focused on: (1) Skills for Work and Life, and (2) Digitisation and Connectivity. Finally, the Declaration of the Italian UNESCO Chairs for Sustainability was presented.

Video recording of the event: