4th International Conference on Future Education

4th International Conference on Future Education

Belgrade, Serbia | November  11th - 13th, 2019

Educating for the Unknown: How Education Reforms Help to Avoid a Paradox that Future is Behind Us?

Challenges and Opportunities

We live in an amazingly interrelated world full of new normalities which bring a profound level of complexity and uncertainty into all aspect of our life. The global character of information, of work, and of ecology has had a tremendous impact on society and on the type of education needed to and to meet pressing challenges and avail of emerging opportunities.

Technology and Education are complementary drivers of social development. Each plays an essential role in developing and supporting advances of the other. Technological advances have been a principle catalyst for the development of professional and scientific education. So too, advances in education have been essential to prepare youth to understand and utilize the full capabilities generated by technological advances. Both have had a profound impact on the general progress of our work, society and culture. Globalization has magnified that impact and accelerated the pace of change.

Our present system of education was born at a time when information and knowledge were scarce and the means to acquire and disseminate them slow and laborious. It was a time centuries before the invention of printing, newspapers, textbooks, radio, motion pictures, television and the internet when oral instruction by a teacher was the only feasible method for knowledge sharing and the accumulated knowledge of humanity was extremely limited. This is no longer the case. Today we live in a world of information-glut. The average citizen has more information available at his fingerprints than the most knowledgeable, informed expert had access to just a few decades ago. Moreover, current knowledge is changing so rapidly that much of what was taught a few years ago is no longer up-to-date or even relevant. In order to handle the surplus of knowledge, the number of subjects taught has multiplied from a handful to nearly a thousand specialized disciplines and sub-disciplines. At the same time, the rapid technological advances of the 4th Industrial Revolution are placing new demands on the way we think, organize and work. Yet our basic method and system of education remains the same. In spite of rapid advances in technology, the impact of emerging technologies in the field of education has been relatively small.  

As a consequence, there is an ever widening gap between the type of education the world needs and that which our present educational institutions, pedagogies, the learning technologies are able to offer, and the relevance of educational content being provided to students. The gap is also widening between societies and individuals that are able to adapt quickly to the demands for educational leadership, innovation and creativity, and those that lag behind. Education has become a critical competitive factor for both the individual and the society. Addressing these issues offers unprecedented opportunities for those who evolve more effective ways to equip the next generation for life in an increasingly rapidly-changing, complex and globalized society. These challenges are central to the work of the World Academy of Art & Science and the World University Consortium.

Focus of the Fourth International Conference of Future Education

In former international conferences on future education, the World Academy of Art and Science and the World University Consortium have examined in depth the nature of the educational challenges confronting humanity today, the educational requirements imposed by emerging technologies and globalization, and the need to break down the disciplinary silos of over-specialization that limit the practical relevance of the existing system to the real world as well as the need for changes in pedagogy and adapting of new learning technologies to expand access, improve quality and reduce the cost of education. Most importantly of all, they have explored the need for a fundamental shift in purpose and strategy from the subject to the student, from transmission of information to development of capacities for independent thinking and problem solving, from development of mental capacities to development of the full personality of the student needed for effective adaptation and achievement, and from education employees to developing creative thinkers, innovative entrepreneurs and good global citizens.

A new paradigm is urgently needed to shift emphasis to contextual, relational, human-centered, collaborative education that encourages critical thinking, creativity and technological entrepreneurship. Implementation of the new paradigm through strategy and policies will get effective answers through industrial policies supporting fully developed human potentials, primarily innovative breakthroughs that are multidisciplinary, applicable and value based.

This conference will examine effective policies, strategies and pedagogies required to accelerate this paradigm change in education. It will draw lessons, insights and practical approaches from successful innovations in education taking place around the world. It will examine ways to overcome disciplinary barriers to provide the integrated knowledge needed for achievement in our increasingly complex world. It will explore new methods to shift the focus from subject to students and from academic to contextual knowledge. It will investigate emerging technologies and pedagogies that can shift the emphasis from teaching to active learning, from competitive to cooperative, and from teacher-student to peer-peer learning environments. Most importantly, it will explore ways to promote the development of the capacities for creative thinking, personality and individuality that will prepare the next generation and the nation for high accomplishment in the years to come.

4th International Conference on Future Education

Belgrade, Serbia | November  11th - 13th, 2019

Agenda

NOVEMBER 11, 2019, DAY 0

14:00–18:00 Registration

18:00–20:00

Fireside Chat
Platform for new education in the era of digital transformation
Vladimir Kostić, Garry Jacobs and Dragan Đuričin, Co-Chairs, Program Committee of the Conference
Dan Shechtman, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa (tba1)
Mamphela Ramphele, Co-President, Club of Rome

NOVEMBER 12, 2019, DAY 1

  Challenges and Opportunities Impacted by New Normalities

9:00–9:20

Words of Welcome
Aleksandar Vlahović, President, Serbian Association of Economists, Belgrade
Heitor Gurgulino de Souza, President, World Academy of Art and Science
Ana Brnabić, President, Government of Serbia (tba)

9:20–10:00

Inaugural Speeches
Vladimir Kostić, President, Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Belgrade
Garry Jacobs, Chief Executive Officer, World Academy of Art and Science
..., UNESCO (tbd2)

10:00–11:00

PLENARY SESSION 1
Strategic Audit of New Education Challenges and Opportunities
Speaker and Chair:
Mamphela Ramphele, Co-President, Club of Rome
Education in an age of increased speed, interconnectedness and complexity
Speakers:
Ivanka Popović, Rector, University of Belgrade, Serbia (tbc3)
High education in a society in transition (tbc)

Kakha Shengelia, President, International Association of University Presidents
Challenges to higher education in the 21st century
Dragan Đuričin, Faculty of Economics, University of Belgrade, Serbia
Economic policy platform for future education: Impact of a paradigm change in economics

11:00–11:30 Coffee break

11:30–12:30

PARALLEL PANELS 1
Rapid evolution of the educational system: Impacts of science, technology and politics
Speaker and Moderator:
Patrick Degeorges, Directeur de l’Anthropocene Curriculum, École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, France
Speakers:
Momir Đurović, Montenegrin Academy of Sciences and Arts, Podgorica
Carlos Blanco, Department of Philosophy, Humanities and Communication, Comillas Pontifical University, Spain (via Skype)
Danijela Kirovski, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Belgrade, Serbia

Panel 1.2
Educating culturally different, ecologically responsible and globally aware citizens
Speaker and Moderator:
Thomas Reuter, Asia Institute, University of Melbourne, Australia
Speakers:
Vesna Vučinić, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade, Serbia
Marco Vitiello, Department of Political Sciences, Roma Tre University, Italy
Ljiljana Marković, Faculty of Philology, University of Belgrade, Serbia (tbc)

Panel 1.3
Getting out of the box in education: Fostering creative thinking and innovation
Speaker and Moderator
Dragan Simeunović, Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade, Serbia
Speakers:
Nora Bateson, President, International Bateson Institute, Stockholm, Sweden
Tatjana Marković, Academy of Professional Business Studies, Belgrade, Serbia
Goran Pitić, Faculty of Economics, Finance and Administration, Belgrade Metropolitan University, Serbia

12:30–13:30

PLENARY SESSION 2
Digital Opportunities at All Educational Levels
Speaker and Chair:
Carlos Alvarez-Pereira, President, Innaxis Foundation and Research Institute, Madrid, Spain
Digital transformation: Opportunities and impact on education
Speakers:
Tibor Varadi, Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Belgrade (tbc)
Globalism, globalisation and academia
Alberto Foletti, Institute of Translational Pharmacology, Rome, Italy
Impact of digital transformation on medical education and personal well-being
Rodolfo Fiorini, Department of Electronics, Information and Bioengineering, Polytechnic University of Milan, Italy
Impact of digital transformation on creative leadership skills

13:30–15:00 Lunch break

15:00–16:00

PARALLEL PANELS 2
Panel 2.1
Roles of academic mobility and digital tools in research and education
Speaker and Moderator:
Dejan Popović, Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Belgrade (tbc)
Speakers:
Peter Kaufman, President, Intelligent Television, Lakeville, Connecticut, USA
Vladimir Bumbaširević, Serbian Academy of Art and Science, Belgrade (tbc)
Kristina Kumpulainen, Faculty of Educational Sciences, University of Helsinki, Finland (tbc)

Panel 2.2
Hybrid and flipped educational models: Combining physical and virtual  technologies
Speaker and Moderator:
Branislav Vujović, President, New Frontier Group, Vienna, Austria (tba)
Speakers:
Branko Milutinović, Chief Executive Officer, Nordeus, Belgrade, Serbia (tba)
Vladan Devedžić, Faculty of Organisational Sciences, University of Belgrade, Serbia (tbc)

Tibor Tóth, Executive Secretary Emeritus, Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization, Vienna, Austria

Panel 2.3
Social and humanistic sciences in the era of the fourth industrial revolution (tbc)
Speaker and Moderator:
Ljubomir Maksimović, Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Belgrade (tbc)
Speakers:
Isidora Žebeljan, Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Belgrade (tbc)
Nora Bateson, President, International Bateson Institute, Stockholm, Sweden (tbc)
... (tbd)

16:00–17:00

PLENARY SESSION 3
Entreprenurship: From Leadership in Thought to Effective Action
Speaker and Chair:
Dan Shechtman, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa (tba)
... (tbd)

Speakers:
Vladimir Kostić, President, Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts
Improvements of pedagogy in life sciences and medicine (tbc)
Yury Sayamov, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia
To leadership in thought through global education
Veljko Milutinović, Department of Computer Science, Indiana University, Bloomington, USA (tbc)
Digital disruption as opportunity for business development

17:00–17:30 Coffee break

17:30–18:30

PARALLEL PANELS 3
Panel 3.1
Impact of research and innovation on education
Speaker and Moderator:
Zbigniew Bochniarz, Evans School of Public Affairs, University of Washington, Seattle, USA
Speakers:
Branislav Jelenković, Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Belgrade (tbc)
Ana Trbović, Member of the Presidency, Serbian Association of Economists, Belgrade
... (tbd)

Panel 3.2
Contextual knowledge: Building bridges between disciplines for relevant and effective learning
Speaker and Moderator:
Olivia Bina, Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon, Portugal
Speakers:
Slobodan Grubačić, Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Belgrade (tbc)
Janani Ramanathan, Mother's Service Society, Pondicherry, India
Blagoje Paunović, Faculty of Economics, University of Belgrade, Serbia

Panel 3.3
Effects of dual education at different levels
Speaker and Moderator:
Yi Heng Cheng, College of Design and Innovation, Tongji University, Shanghai, China
Speakers:
Matthias Straub-Fischer, Headmaster, KaosPilots, Bern, Switzerland (via Skype)
Mladen Stamenković, Vice-Dean, Faculty of Economics, University of Belgrade, Serbia (tbc)
... (tbd)

18:30–19:30 Reports on Parallel Panels 1, 2 and 3

NOVEMBER 13, 2019, DAY 2

 

Core Solutions

9:00–10:00

PLENARY SESSION 4
Education for Full Employment
Speaker and Chair:
Garry Jacobs, Chief Executive Officer, World Academy of Art and Science
Full employment: Possibility or utopia?
Speakers:
Enrico Giovannini, Department of Economy and Finance, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy
Education for a sustainable world
Gunter Pauli, Director, Zero Emissions Research and Initiatives, United Nations University, Tokyo, Japan
Education to promote entrepreneurship
Marcel Van de Voorde, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Closing the gap between education and future career

10:00–11:00

PARALLEL PANELS 4
Panel 4.1
Interdisciplinarity in digital scholarship
Speaker and Moderator:
Smiljana Antonijević, Institute of Design, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, USA
Speakers:
Milena Stanković, Faculty of Electronic Engineering, University of Niš, Serbia
... (tbd)
... (tbd)

Panel 4.2
Closing the skill gap through education: Role of academia and unconventional forms of learning
Speaker and Moderator:
Olga Nazaykinskaya, Director, Skolkovo Education Development Centre, Moscow, Russia
Speakers:
Vladica Cvetković, Serbian Academy of Art and Science, Belgrade
Jasna Atanasijević, Member of the Presidency, Serbian Association of Economists, Belgrade
... (tbd)

Panel 4.3
Education for sustainability and inclusiveness for people and nature
Speaker and Moderator:
Petar Bulat, Vice-Rector, University of Belgrade, Serbia (tbc)
Speakers:
Mariana Bozesan, Chief Executive Officer, AQAL Foundation, Munich, Germany
Radmilo Pešić, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Belgrade, Serbia
... (tbd)

11:00–11:30

Coffee break

11:30–12:30

PLENARY SESSION 5
Person-Centered Education
Speaker and Chair:
Alberto Zucconi, Secretary General, World University Consortium
New pedagogy: Education focused on people
Speakers:
Anne Snick, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium
Shifts from passive to active and from competitive to collaborative learning
Stefan Brunnhuber, Medical Director, Department of Psychiatry, Phychosomatics and Psychotherapy, Diakonie Kliniken Zschadrass, Colditz, Germany
Education for developing the whole person
Anantha Duraiappah, Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development, New Delhi, India The Alternative Eduction: Predators to Nurturers

12:30–13:30

PARALLEL PANELS 5
Panel 5.1
Shift from subject-centered to student-centered education
Speaker and Moderator:
Lisa Petrides, Chief Executive Officer, Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Eduction, Half Moon Bay, California, USA
Speakers:
Vani Senthil, Mother's Service Society, Pondicherry, India
... (tbd)
... (tbd)

Panel 5.2
Learning by collaborating
Speaker and Moderator:
Aleksandar Baucal, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade, Serbia
Speakers:
Joanna Bochniarz, President, Center for Innovative Education, Warsaw, Poland
Dmitry Kamanin, Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, Dubna, Russia
... (tbd)

Panel 5.3
Value-based education
Speaker and Moderator:
Ullica Segerstrale, Department of Social Sciences, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, USA
Speakers:
Charis Psaltis, Department of Psychology, University of Cyprus, Nicosia (tbc)
... (tbd)
... (tbd)

13:30–15:00

Lunch break

15:00–17:00

PLENARY SESSION 6
Chosen Themes of Interest for Future Education
Chair:
Nebojša Nešković, Secretary General, World Academy of Art and Science
Speakers:
Yuri Oganessian, Flerov Laboratory of Nuclear Reactions, Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, Dubna, Russia
Island of stability in the periodic table of chemical elemens
Gordana Vunjak-Novaković, Columbia University, New York, USA
Engineering human tissues for regenerative medicine
Fadwa El Guindi, Department of Anthropology, University of California at Los Angeles, USA
Multiculturalism or interculturalism?
Chenyang Li, School of Humanities, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Confucian philosophy and civic education

17:00–17:30

Coffee break

17:30–18:30

Reports on Parallel Panels 4 and 5

18:30–19:00

Closing Remarks
Garry Jacobs, Chief Executive Officer, World Academy of Art and Science
Ivanka Popović, Rector, University of Belgrade, Serbia (tbc)
Vladimir Kostić, President, Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts

1tba means ''to be asked''. It is related to the participants to be invited soon.

2tbd means ''to be determined''. It is related to the participants or titles not yet determined. The Serbian Association of Economists should determine additional one participant from the Association and additional five participants from the Serbian business community, and the World Academy of Art and Science additional seven participants (including one from UNESCO).

3tbc means ''to be confirmed''. It is related to the titles to be confirmed or invited participants who have not yet responded.