OECD-Singapore Conference to Discuss Trends and Challenges Facing Higher Education

Published Date: 13 October 2015 12:00 AM

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1. The two-day OECD-Singapore Conference on Higher Education Futures, will be held in Singapore from 14 to 15 October 2015, and will gather leaders and experts in academia and public policy to discuss trends and challenges in global higher education. Organised by Singapore’s Ministry of Education (MOE) in partnership with the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the conference will share and explore ideas to meet these challenges and leverage opportunities moving forward.

2. The OECD-Singapore Conference on Higher Education Futures is structured around four themes:

  • Mapping and meeting future demand for higher education;
  • The rise of higher education in Asia and the impact on the global landscape;
  • Technology, disruption and the ‘unbundling’ of higher education: challenges to traditional modes of education; and
  • Two sides of the same coin: resource challenges, the drive for quality and imperatives for relevance.

3. Approximately 500 local and overseas delegates are expected to be at the conference. Participants include Ministers, senior education policymakers, experts from the academic field, and leaders of industry and higher education institutions from around the world.

Programme Highlights

4. Acting Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) Mr Ong Ye Kung and the Deputy Secretary-General of OECD Mr Stefan Kapferer will deliver the opening addresses. Acting Minister Ong will speak about the driving forces that are influencing the development of higher education, and how Singapore is responding to the twin imperatives of serving national objectives and meeting the aspirations of individuals. He will also speak about Singapore’s vision for SkillsFuture, and how this will transform the future of learning. Mr Kapferer will similarly explore the evolution of higher education from a nation-based, state-controlled public service to a more dynamic ‘global higher education marketplace’, arguing that skills, innovation and knowledge-based capital will become main drivers of global growth in future.

5. The four plenary sessions and accompanying parallel sessions in seminar/workshop format will allow participants from a diverse range of experience and expertise to network and exchange ideas based on the four themes. The sessions will focus on mapping and meeting future demand for higher education, the rise of higher education in Asia, the disruptive role of technology on traditional modes of education, and how higher education can stay relevant in the face of resource challenges.

Visits to Local Universities

6. International delegates will also have the opportunity to witness developments in Singapore’s higher education sector through visits to local universities. The visit to the Nanyang Technological University’s (NTU) Learning Hub will showcase the university’s 21st Century collaborative learning environment enhanced by digital learning tools. Delegates visiting the Singapore Institute of Technology@Singapore Polytechnic (SIT@SP) will be given insight into the blended learning and peer learning arrangements on the campus, and SIT’s curriculum and applied pedagogical methods that allow for a more collaborative and flexible education.

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