Third International Conference on Future Education



Effective Learning in an Age of Increasing Speed, Complexity and Uncertainty

November 12-14, 2018 – Rio de Janeiro – Brazil

This Conference is supported by the Ministry of Education of Brazil


Building on a break-through conference at the University of California, Berkeley, in 2013 and the Future Education Conference at the University of Roma TRE, in Rome, Italy, in November 2017, the World Academy of Art and Science (WAAS) and the World University Consortium (WUC) are now joining hands with the Ministry of Education of Brazil, UNESCO and Fundação and Faculdade CESGRANRIO to conduct the “Third International Conference on Future Education –Latin American Perspectives” to identify practical measures to meet the needs and aspirations of major stakeholders – youth, students, teachers, employers, workers, research institutions, universities, governments and civil society, in this region of the world. 


Society is changing faster than ever before, generating unprecedented opportunities and challenges in its wake. Anticipating and addressing the consequences of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, environmental pressures, rising levels of youth unemployment and inequality, globalization and virtualization of business models, the explosive growth of online communications and education, the globalization of education, increasing intercultural contacts and migration will place enormous pressure on educational institutions, students, teachers and researchers. 


Education is humanity’s most effective instrument for consciously steering social evolution to maximize the benefits and minimize the disruption and trauma associated with it. There is an urgent need for expanding the reach, accessibility, affordability and quality of education at all levels. But multiplying the existing model is not sufficient. Indeed, it is likely to aggravate rather than alleviate many problems due to the time warp and gap between the education offered today and that which is so urgently needed. We not only need more education but education that is qualitatively different – a new paradigm. Updating course content is not enough. We need an education that equips youth to adapt to future innovations and challenges that cannot be fully anticipated now.

The Hotel where the Conference will be held in Rio is 
Rua Ferreira Viana, 81 – Catete
Rio de Janeiro, RJ CEP 22210-040 - BRAZIL
E-mail for reservations at the Hotel:
Hotel telephone: 55 21 – 2 1956800
Hotel daily costs: Single room – R$ 322,00+15% (taxes)
                          Double room – R$ 322,00+15% (taxes)

Breakfast is included. Costs for lunch and dinner are expected to be paid directly by the Participant. (Exchange rate, at present, is: US$1.00 = Real R$ 3.60)Each participant is responsible for his own reservations and costs at the Hotel.

Since the Conference in Brazil starts on Monday, November 12, participants should plan to arrive in Rio de Janeiro, on Sunday, November 11 (or earlier, to have an opportunity for sight-seeing in Rio, or in other places in Brazil). 

“All participants at the Conference must register at the Secretariat ( and pay a Registration fee of R$500,00 (US$150.00) upon arrival at the Conference in Rio de Janeiro or, please make a deposit, In favor of: Banco Bradesco- 237; Agency 1421-4; Account: 16259-0; CNPJ 16665589/0001-87, in the name of:Capítulo Brasileiro."


The Conference will be organized into streams focusing on the following themes: 

  1. Early Childhood Learning
  2. Person-Centered Learning
  3. Teacher Education
  4. Basic Education
  5. Higher and Technological Education
  6. Transdisciplinary Education
  7. Online and Hybrid Learning
  8. Education and Innovation
  9. Education and Employment 


November 12, 2018

09: 00 - Accreditation and Registration

10: 00 - Opening Session

10: 40 - Keynote Conference: Education and the 4th Industrial Revolution 

12:00 - Lunch 

13:00-14:00 - Panel 01 - Critical issues for the future of education - The major challenges confronting education in a rapidly changing, interconnected and increasingly complex society that is emerging in the 21st century. Learning in the age of increasing advances in science and technology, online libraries, new information and communication technologies, person-centered education and innovations in early childhood education.

14:00-15:00 - Panel 02 - Education and Entrepreneurship (Entrepreneurship training, technological parks and incubators, innovative companies, intellectual property, articulation between universities and industry).

15:00-15:30 - Coffee break

15:30-18:00 - Presentation of Papers

November 13, 2018

08:30-09:30 - Panel 03 - Reconciling vision of the Future - This panel will seek to reconcile the views of business, society, government, students and universities in order to evolve a shared vision of the changes needed in the educational system and the critical issues that need to be explored. 

09:30-09:50 - Coffee break

9:50-10:50 - Panel 04 - Evaluation as Support for Quality Improvement of Education (national evaluation programs and policies).

10:50- 13:00 - Presentation of Papers 

13:00 - Lunch 

14: 00-15:00 - Panel 05 - Teacher training programmes for Basic Education (the role of pedagogy courses, pedagogical residency, teachers undergoing training in mathematical and natural sciences, the role of culture in training programmes).

15:00-15:20 - Coffee Break

15:20-16:20 - Panel 06 - Contextual Interdisciplinary Education - The STEM Methodology in Higher Education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, transdisciplinarity to lead to real-world problems).

16:20-18:00 - Presentation of Papers

November 14, 2018 

08:30-09:30 – Conference-Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation as key development factors. Innovation, Creativity and Technology

09:30-10:30 - Panel 07 - Call for a New Paradigm in Education - This session will consider the need for a radical changes in educational accessibility, quality, content, relevance, pedagogy and deliver systems to meet the emerging needs of the 21st century. Higher Learning for Tomorrow: Challenges Ahead. (National exams, samples of selective processes in Latin America).

10:30-10:50 - Coffee break

10:50-13:00 - Presentationof Papers

13:00 - Lunch 

14:00-15:00 - Panel 08 - Online & Hybrid Learning -  Distance Learning Education and Social Inclusion in Latin America (Education aimed at solving social issues) . “MOOCs”, National Programs, Open Universities in Latin America, New Educational Platforms. Technology integrates itself more and more into every aspect of education, and the internet opens up new learning models. This session looks at ways to harness emerging technologies to enhance the reach, quality, affordability and effectiveness of education.

15:00-16:00 - Panel 09 - Education for Full Employment - Some jobs will disappear in the near future. All others will transform radically and many new jobs will be created. Half of all jobs that exist today will disappear by the time children who are now enrolled in primary school graduate. (The organization of curricular structures for training for full employment, short courses, the Bologna process and its feasibility in Latin America).

16:00-16:20 - Coffee Break

16:20-18:00 - Presentation of Papers 

18:00 - Closing Session and Final Report

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Additional information:

Each Panel (there are nine of them) will last 60 minutes. Two invited speakers will address each Panel (for a maximum of 20 minutes each) and 20 minutes will be devoted to debates on both presentations.

A Chairperson will moderate each Session, and ensure that speakers and panelists strictly adhere to the time limits and facilitate open discussion among conference participants.

Papers will also be accepted about the themes of the panels. (Abstracts of these papers have to be submitted to the Secretariat by September 15th). These abstracts should not be longer than 20 lines. The Organizing Committee will decide on them. From those accepted, full Papers should be submitted by October 15th. Accepted Papers will be presented in Parallel Sessions.

One fourth of the time in Parallel Sessions has been reserved for Q&A and open discussion among all conference participants. Participant contributions during open discussions will be limited to 2-3 minutes each, for a question or comment, in order to allow for maximum number of contributions.

There will be simultaneous translation (English, Portuguese and Spanish) in the Plenary and some Parallel Sessions.

Rapporteurs will present an overview of the conclusions of each Session in Plenary, on November 14th at the Closing Session.