Dec 8, 2021 This session featured presentation and discussion of papers on reimagining education in the post-COVID times. It explored global trends and emerging paradigms and processes in education, the limits of the prevailing concept of rationality, the value of creativity, cultural orientation, and the place of technology in the future of education.

Dec 8, 2021 There is an urgent need to fill the global leadership vacuum in order to address the complex, pressing challenges confronting humanity today. We cannot change the global system or its leadership instantly, but we can rapidly and dramatically improve the education of both existing and future world leaders in national governments, multilateral …

Dec 8, 2021 This session engages women leaders from diverse cultures and continents who are on the frontlines of dealing with crises of human development, conflict and climate change in their home countries and in the world. They will share their views regarding a ‘new paradigm for the future of education’ based on their direct …

Dec 8, 2021 Societal transformation is the process of making conscious the long, slow haphazard process of social evolution. Societal transformation is possible only when our thinking is integrated. Such thinking in turn requires an integral education. We need to break down the silos of academic knowledge and organize it within a transdisciplinary framework. This …

Dec 7, 2021 Since the first industrial revolution, our education system has been fraught with reductionist, siloed thinking and learning models and frameworks, which have resulted in disastrous outcomes for our living systems and planet. Living systems are a constant combination of multiple forms of communication and interaction between organisms. While it may be possible …

Dec 7, 2021 In April 2020, colleges and universities around the world closed down due to the pandemic, disrupting the studies of 220 million college students in 170 countries. Environmentalists are clear that the disruption caused by COVID-19 may have been sudden and dramatic, but its magnitude and long-term impact will be insignificant compared to …

Dec 7, 2021 Organized by the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization (ISACCL) Traditionally, universities, from the theological to the humboldian and the modern one, developed two actions: teaching and research. The industrial growth of the last centuries gave way to a new concern: services offered on demand which have now become …

Dec 7, 2021 Art and Science are not two separate and incommunicable worlds, but two complementary branches of the same tree that can converse and converge with one another to generate continually evolving knowledge that is greater than the sum of its parts. Science without Art is unimaginative and mechanistic. Art, through a scientific approach, …

Dec 7, 2021 In association with Inter-Parliamentary Coalition of Global Ethics (IPCGE) The SDGs call for peaceful and just societies; however, the means to achieve that goal i.e. education for a culture of peace and the SDGs has not been specified and UN member states are left to their own devices as to how to …

Dec 7, 2021 Our greatest achievements are products of our minds. So too, the existential problems confronting humanity today are products of the way we think. The discussions in this session seek to consciously enhance our understanding of the analytic, abstract mode of thinking characteristic of disciplinary silos, increase our awareness of its inherent limitations …

Dec 7, 2021 The Academy’s founders were motivated by the realization that science and arts have an imperative responsibility to ensure that the creations of the human mind should promote the security, welfare, and well-being of humanity. The secular values of objective science and the human values of the subjective arts are complementary perspectives that …

Dec 7, 2021 The application of an integrated Human Security perspective in education is stymied by the extreme fragmentation that characterizes the present silo-based disciplinary structure of higher education. This session will explore the potential for evolution of transdisciplinary, contextual approaches to interrelate and unify disciplinary perspectives and transform abstract, theoretical forms of learning into …

Dec 7, 2021 The COVID-19 pandemic is illustrative of the serious challenges impacting on virtually every dimension of global society today. The 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals itemize these challenges and identify 169 targets for action by the nations of the world. But they do not sufficiently account for their extreme interconnectedness and interdependencies or …

Dec 6, 2021 In association with GlobalMindED Issues of economic stagnation, inequality and financial disparity have long existed but grew far worse during COVID. This session will explore how to reverse generations of global inequities by exploring what needs to change in academia, business, funding and what the diverse, emergent talent pipeline of global leaders …

Dec 6, 2021 Higher education that began with a focus on a mere handful of subjects today offers more than 1000 disciplines and subdisciplines. Fuelled by the rapid accumulation of information, this multiplication of disciplines results in a progressive narrowing of field and scope of knowledge in each specialized discipline, decreasing the width and breadth …

Dec 6, 2021 The current education system and existing infrastructure combined with the growing college-age population and rising demand for tertiary education result in an ever-increasing quantitative gap between educational aspirations in society and the capacity of the current system to meet the demand. Global higher education also faces an enormous qualitative gap between the …

Dec 6, 2021 What are the implications of TJD endorsed by WAAS and partner organizations in September 2021 on the need to mobilize knowledge in a more integrated way and extend learning beyond the boundaries of fragmented disciplinary knowledge and allow for greater flexibility of studying; move away from conventional, fixed trajectories towards models based …

Dec 6, 2021 In association with Protect Our Planet (POP) Movement Perspectives of current generation of students regarding changes needed in the content, pedagogy and delivery systems for global higher education to better prepare the world’s youth with the values, knowledge, skills and capacities needed to meet emerging challenges and opportunities and for global citizenship …

Dec 6-8, 2021 Online Pilar Alvarez Laso Assistant Director General of UNESCO for Human and Social Sciences (2010-2013); Head of UNESCO in Haiti and Uzbekistan Pilar Álvarez Laso is the former Director of the Office of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Costa Rica. Previously, she served as Project Director of …