28.02.2011 -

Challenges of the 21st Century: Vision and Standards for Higher Education in a Multiethnic Society

UNESCO Venice Office in collaboration with the Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje (UKIM) Faculty of Philosophy and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe -High Commissioner on National Minorities (OSCE HCNM) is organizing an International Conference on “Creating Vision and Standards – the Role of Higher Education in Fostering Intercultural Dialogue and Understanding in a Multiethnic Society” in Skopje from 16 to 17 March.


The Conference is held in the framework of the UN Joint Programme “Enhancing Inter-ethnic Community Dialogue and Collaboration” with the goal to promote cooperation and understanding and to contribute to freedom and democracy, human dignity and solidarity through teaching and learning, research and service.

The event will bring together higher education leaders, scholars and students to discuss how higher education today contributes - or could contribute - to creating a culture of dialogue at the institutional, local, regional and international levels. It will explore and offer a forum for sharing ideas, examples of good practice as well as innovative ways by which higher education can foster dialogue and understanding in the context of diversity in a 21st Century society.

The event aims to initiate a debate on the role of higher education in the implementation of the National Strategy for Integrated Education and fostering intercultural dialogue and understanding in the education system and processes of the country. By involving multiple partners from public and private higher-education institutions, with local and international experts, the Conference aims to also improve dialogue and cooperation amongst diverse education stakeholders, identifying common objectives, priorities and challenges.

This activity is implemented in the framework of the UN Joint Programme "Enhancing Inter-ethnic Community Dialogue and Collaboration" financed by the Spanish Government through the Millennium Development Goals Achievement Fund (MDG-F).

Link: UNESCO Higher Education

Other links :
http://www.ukim.edu.mk/en_index.php (University UKIM
http://www.fzf.ukim.edu.mk/index.php?lang=en-GB (Faculty of Philosophy )
http://www.osce.org/hcnm (OSCE HCNM)

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