APEC Conference

The 9th Conference on Cooperation in Higher Education in Asia-Pacific Region

The New Era of Digital Education: Multilateral Approach and Challenges for APEC



Date: October 26, 2020
Format: Zoom conference

Stepped into a new decade of enhanced digitalization, the economies of Asia and the Pacific are addressing a broad range of emerging challenges and seek to promote innovative, equitable, and sustainable growth. As an essential part of ensuring socio-economic prosperity and well-being, education in particular aims to provide useful capacities for effective competitiveness and strengthen human capital development.

Enshrined in the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, Incheon Declaration of 2015, and Education Strategy of 2017, these aspirations bring APEC economies together under a single leadership in meeting the information technology challenges of a new Digital Age. Together, the economies of APEC respond by offering equal and qualitative education for all, enabling capacity-building networks, and speeding up innovation. APEC focuses on fostering collaboration in education and training and recognizes the paramount role of education in facilitating sustainable inclusive economic growth. In light of the Fourth Industrial Revolution that brought about new technological advances, better regional collaboration on information and communication technologies (ICT), and a higher priority drawn to the integration of digital tools into the educational process become a necessity. Therefore, global stakeholders, and primarily, APEC economies are in need of renewed approaches to higher education, applied digital technology and information to give a new impetus to human development investment. This requires a multilateral approach to considering the challenges and full mobilization at all levels of Cooperation.
With a goal to elaborate practical solutions for human resource development in the conditions of intensified digitalization, Far Eastern Federal University, supported by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, APEC Working Group on the Development of Human Resources and APEC Education Network, is holding the 9th Conference on Cooperation in Higher Education in Asia-Pacific Region titled The New Era of Digital Education: Multilateral Approach and Challenges for APEC. University presidents, heads of education agencies and research institutions as well as experts and distinguished scholars from APEC member economies are expected to provide recommendations on the prospects of multilateral cooperation in education that will be reflected in official APEC documents, including APEC Education Strategy and Action Plan, APEC Report on Education and Economic Development.

The Program of the 9th Conference on Cooperation in Higher Education in Asia-Pacific will consist of two sessions.

Session 1 Cooperative solutions for global education and sustainability

 Participants will convene to define major prospects for APEC cooperation within higher education and discuss means of fostering strong and vibrant learning systems in regional education networks, including the elaboration of educational strategies and practices to ensure sustainable development and human capacity-building.
Preliminary discussion topics:
➔      Sustainable learning systems in regional education networks
➔      Developing education cooperation strategies to enhance future education
➔      Meeting the challenges of rapid change in ICT and defining educational prospects
➔      Encouraging talents and facilitating international practices exchange
➔      Modifying digital cooperation strategies to ensure high-quality and equity of education

Session 2 Digital solutions for the future of work

The session will provide room for a fruitful discussion on the foreseeable improvements in integrating human resources into the global digital economy. The attendants will address approaches to strengthen the labor market by applying recent technological advancements and sustaining policy exchange in human capital investments.
Preliminary discussion topics:
➔      Technological and policy exchange in human capital development
➔      Human resource management applying digital tools
➔      Realizing the potential of web resources and the digital economy
➔      Increasing employability with the use of ICT and the digital
➔      Innovation and labor markets adaptability

APEC CCHE 2020 Program

10:00 - 10:30   -  Opening Ceremony 
10:30 - 12:00   -  Plenary Session "Cooperative Solutions for Global Education and Sustainability" 
12:00 - 12:15   -  Break
12:15 - 13:45   -  Session - Digital Solutions for the Future of Work 
13:45 - 14:00   -  Closing Ceremony