Foresight in ICT in Higher Education


In the framework of a joint project on foresight in higher education, UNESCO IITE and the Section of Higher Education in UNESCO’s Education Sector are organizing a high-level expert meeting “Access, Equity and Quality: Envisioning the Future of Higher Education in a Digital Age”, to be held on March 25-26, 2015 at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris (attendance by invitation only). 

The objectives of the project is to review critical trends in the use of ICT and to contribute to shaping future global education policies, in particular for higher education. Based on the analysis of ICT-related innovations and current and emerging trends in ICT use, the project will develop a descriptive vision of the future and identify the strategies, which would ensure that learning at universities will adequately employ the potential of ICT to enable wider access to high-quality education. The project is aimed at engaging a broad range of stakeholders and setting up a platform for debate and reflection in order to develop a forward-looking approach and identify major issues for the next 10 years.

The following international organizations and higher education associations, consortia and  institutions have been invited to collaborate on the project: Innovation and Measuring Progress Division, Directorate for Education (OECD);the Commonwealth of Learning (COL); EDUCAUSE; International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE); Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) of the European Commission; International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP); New Media Consortium (NMC); Skoltech; representatives of leading universities from Australia, Brazil, China, Korea, South Africa, UAE, as well as IT-companies. The project also envisages engaging UNESCO Chairs in ICT in Education and Pedagogy in sharing best practices that might lead to a variety of plausible “alternative futures” for ICT in higher education and lifelong learning.

About the project
List of participants
Background document