MALVERN, Pa. – July 22, 2009 – SunGard Higher Education joined The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and more than 1,000 participants and 60 ministers from more than 150 countries at the World Conference on Higher Education (WCHE). The global conference, held every ten years, closed with a call to increase investment in higher education, encourage diversity and strengthen regional cooperation to serve societal needs.
UNESCO Director General, Koichiro Matsuro, highlighted the changes technology has brought to education, and the increased demand, which is altering the landscape of education.
Chris Howgego, senior vice president of international for SunGard Higher Education, commented, “Technology has helped to fuel the growth of international education. SunGard Higher Education supports this growth by offering institutions and their constituents the platform and services for development in an increasingly global landscape. Learning environments must evolve and be developed to help younger generations succeed beyond current boundaries. We share in the responsibility to provide the context in which this can be achieved.”
Speakers explored themes including the role of education in addressing today’s greatest challenges, the issues presented by a transforming higher education sector and societal commitment to higher education. Several guests took the platform to call for greater cooperation among the educational community and many highlighted the role of education as a critical pillar in resolving the global economic crisis.
Dr. Jill Biden, wife of United States Vice President Joe Biden and a community college teacher, spoke of her passion for teaching and stressed the role education would take under the Obama administration. Secretary General of the OECD, Angel Gurria, spoke of the difficulty students face in the current job market and the need for institutions to focus on creating relevant courses. Benita Ferrero-Waldner; European Commissioner for external relations, echoed that sentiment.
The final conference communiqué outlines the critical areas discussed during the conference, and a call for action to key stakeholders including the member states, and UNESCO. More information about the WCHE event is available at the UNESCO Web site, www.unesco.org/en/wche2009.
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