International Forum “Modern Information Society Formation - Problems, Perspectives, Innovation Approaches”, St Petersburg, Russian Federation, 6-11 June 2010
The recent international forum on “Modern Information Society Formation - Problems, Perspectives, Innovation Approaches” at St Petersburg State University of Aerospace Instrumentation (SUAI), which brought together ministers and academics, called for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to be given priority in education, particularly in the area of higher education and staff development.
From 6 to 11 June 2010 the International Forum, organised by UNESCO Chair on “Distance Education in Engineering”, Dr Anatoly Ovodenko, Rector of SUAI, brought together some 180 representatives of leading higher education institutions, the Russian Academy of Sciences, Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, UNESCO’s Division of Higher Education, the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO, academic and research institutes, the private sector, from the Russian Federation, Europe and the US.
Among the roundtables one was devoted to UNESCO Chairs on the theme “The Role of Educational Information Technologies in the Formation and Sustainable Development of the Information Society”. Discussions stressed the UNESCO Chairs’ major contribution as “think tanks” and “bridge builders” between the academic world, civil society, local communities, research and policy-making on the one hand, and their role as poles of excellence in promoting the use of ICTs in education for sustainable information societies. The participants recommended that the outcomes of this Forum be used in the implementation of various activities in the framework of the follow-up to the World Summit on the Information Society and 2009 World Conference on Higher Education.
ICT in Education (UNESCO Bangkok)