The International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) is seeking expressions of interest for hosting the 2018 ICDE Presidents’ Summit


A sharp leadership focus is wanted for the 2018 Summit.

ICDE takes account of the geographical balance of its members when deciding upon the location of its conferences as well as ease of access. For the 2018 ICDE Presidents’ Summit bids from ICDE members in South America will have priority, with Arab states and Europe given second priority.

What is the ICDE Presidents’ Summit?

The ICDE Presidents’ Summit is a unique annual forum that provides a platform for peer to peer discussion for policy level decision makers from ICDE member institutions, invited institutions and co-operating organizations. Rectors, Presidents, and Chief Executive Officers from around the world are enabled to meet confidentially, affording institutional executive leaders the opportunity to speak freely on a wide range of critical and extraordinarily sensitive subjects, exchange information, share expertise and knowledge, establish benchmarks, and determine advocacy directions and highlight the latest issues affecting leadership in education both on a regional and global level.

Through the summit, individual university leaders can contribute to shaping international policy and gain valuable information on the latest trends and developments. In connection with the ICDE Presidents’ Summit, ICDE also usually organizes the ICDE Policy Forum which is an ICDE yearly forum for handling issues of major interest as well as a closed meeting for Presidents only. ICDE and its Executive Committee provide general guidance, and holds the main responsibility for the content of the Policy Forum and Presidents meeting while the host provides the venue, support services, workshop arrangements and facilitates the organization of the event.

How does the hosting institution benefit?

Hosting the Presidents’ Summit is an ideal opportunity for an ICDE member institution to showcase their achievements, promote their initiatives and strengths and bring together the finest minds in the online, open and flexible education. It is an excellent opportunity for strengthened internationalisation and leadership networks. Host the summit and your institution will follow in the footsteps of other prestigious ICDE member institutions who have previously hosted the forum.

Benefits of hosting the ICDE Presidents’ Summit:

  • The hosting institution will benefit from the prestige attached to organising the leading international leadership in education forum in an exciting and rapidly growing and evolving field.

  • ICDE was founded in 1938 and has for decades worked to advance understanding and leadership within online, open, and flexible education globally. The Presidents’ Summit continues in this effort by providing the leading leadership discussion forum with worldwide reach, attracting key players in the field and delivering high academic quality.

  • The option to host a policy forum to influence the future of online, open and, flexible education.

Applying to host the ICDE Presidents’ Summit It is emphasized that:

  • Executive leaders of institutions, agencies, companies and associations are the primary target group for the ICDE Presidents’ Summit. However, those representing leaders in their absence are also in the primary target group.

  • The key success criterion for the ICDE Presidents’ Summit is that the primary target group experiences the event as a necessary knowledge and network update for his or her function as leader.

  • The ICDE Presidents’ Summit is an important event for the strategic direction of ICDE, and should support fulfilment of the ICDE Strategic Plan.

  • The ICDE Presidents’ Summit should give unique access to transnational and global views and to invaluable and detailed information about policy, strategic thinking and development in online, open, flexible and technology enhanced learning around the world. It should offer strong opportunities for exploring partnerships, internationalisation and strategic cooperation with other institutions, agencies and associations. It should offer opportunities to participate in setting the international priorities and agenda for the future online, open and flexible education.

The application should include:

  • A covering letter explaining the applicability of the institution for hosting the event

  • An official endorsement by the Head of the institution

  • A description of the institution’s ability to provide quality of organization and planning, information and marketing, and programme content

  • A description of the benefits of the proposed location

  • A detailed description of the conference venue and rooms

  • A description of hotel options

  • A breakdown of expected costs

  • Potential for attracting sponsors

Applications should be submitted by e-mail to by 7 November 2016.


This call for bids is open to all ICDE member institutions.

For further procedural details please see the link to the ICDE conference guidelines.

For further information, please contact the ICDE Secretariat:

Past ICDE Presidents’ Summit Hosts

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