ICDE Presidents' Summit (27-30 November 2013, Lisbon, Portugal)

The Presidents' Summit 2013 was hosted by Universidade Aberta in collaboration with the European Distance and E-learning Network (EDEN). The meeting tackled the issue of leadership for change in a time of openness. The programme included 3 expert keynote speakers, an Innovative Leadership Workshop, and the ICDE Policy Forum co-organized with UNESCO.

It was held in Lisbon, Portugal from 27-30 November.

Key themes

  • Opening up education. How can regions and governments in other parts of the world be inspired by the European Commission's new initiative for Europe?
  • What are the challenges ahead for the next 20 years?
  • Institutional change in a time of disruptive innovation.
  • Hands-on innovative leadership in open, distance and online education.
  • Opening up universities: institutional change to meet societal needs and challenges.
  • What issues are on the change agenda in the different regions of the world?
  • On a policy level, what are the key issues for government and in the shared arena for governments and senior management in higher education?
  • What is the role of global and regional associations in the new open, distance and e-learning scenario?
  • Raising public awareness on open, distance and e-learning social relevance.

Keynote speakers

  • Pierre Mairesse - Director, Directorate General Education and Culture at the European Commission will speak on the Commission's new Opening Up Education initiative
  • Tony Bates - President and CEO of Tony Bates Associates Ltd, a private company specializing in consultancy and training in the planning and management of e-learning and distance education on the challenges for ODl in the next 20 years
  • Bakary Diallo - Rector of the African Virtual University (AVU), an intergovernmental organization specializing in Open Distance and E-Learning on institutional change to meet societal needs and challenges.

ICDE Policy Forum co-organized with UNESCO

The ICDE Policy Forum was co-organized with UNESCO within the SCOP programme on the theme of Directions and challenges when post secondary education moves into the MOOCs phenomena, open and digital learning

Organizations and key stakeholders gave short presentations on the most burning issues that needed to be addressed, and the Policy Forum seeked to identify a possible joint agenda for change, among the different stakeholders.

SCOP 2013 website