Regional Consultation on ICT-Driven Innovation in Higher Education in Asia-Pacific

Regional Consultation on ICT-Driven Innovation in Higher Education in Asia-Pacific

24-25 September 2019, Shenzhen, China


The rapid growth of digital economies throughout Asia and the Pacific continues to challenge the role of traditional higher education systems. Higher education institutions in the region struggle to remain relevant by developing flexible lifelong learning strategies. Given these concerns UNESCO seeks to incorporate mobile learning, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and blended learning to unlock the potential of higher education. This includes ICT as a means to ensure equitable access to quality education and promote flexible lifelong learning pathways.

Promoting ICT-driven Innovation in Higher Education in Asia-Pacific

With generous support from the Shenzhen Funds-in-Trust and the International Centre for Higher Education Innovation under the auspices of UNESCO (ICHEI), UNESCO Bangkok launched a two-year project (2016-2018) on ICT-driven innovation to explore the role of blended learning and MOOCs in improving teaching and learning and strengthening institutional governance. During the project, a new self-assessment framework on blended learning for quality higher education was piloted in Cambodia and Sri Lanka (see Blended Learning for Quality Higher Education).

To consolidate lessons learned from the Shenzhen Funds-in-Trust project, UNESCO Bangkok will co-organize the Regional Consultation on ICT-Driven Innovation in Higher Education in Asia-Pacific from 24-25 September 2019 in Shenzhen, China. Together with ICHEI and the Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) and with technical assistance and expertise from the Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), project partners will prepare a joint policy brief on ICT-driven innovation in higher education in Asia-Pacific and launch an action plan for applied research and development in the region.

Meeting Objectives

1. Identify innovative ICT policies and practices in Asia-Pacific based on five levels – policy measures; enablers/platforms; institutional/training providers; youth and adult learners; and partnerships, including across sectors
2. Set key priorities for further research and capacity building on ICT-driven innovation in higher education and related SDG4 targets in the Asia-Pacific region
3. Introduce the new International Institute of Online Education (IIOE) project, encourage involvement and collect feedback from multiple stakeholders
4. Review and finalize the joint policy brief on ICT-driven innovation for inclusive, quality higher education in Asia-Pacific

Expected Outcomes
 
1. Joint policy brief that focuses on emerging strategies to enhance the quality of teaching and learning, and strengthens institutional governance through ICT-driven innovation in Asia Pacific
2. Development of a regional action plan for research on ICT-driven innovation in higher education and related SDG4 targets in Asia Pacific (SDG4.3 and SDG4.4)

Additional details are in the concept note below. To share your insights or questions, please contact:
Section for Educational Innovation and Skills Development (EISD)
UNESCO Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau for Education
Email: eisd.bgk@unesco.org   

International Centre for Higher Education Innovation under the auspices of UNESCO (ICHEI)
Email: appo@ichei.org


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