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Education - Lifelong Learning and the Knowledge Economy, Stuttgart

 
Begins:   Oct 09, 2002 
Ends:   Oct 10, 2002 

Globalization and the growth of the knowledge economy have heralded economic and technological challenges to both formal and nonformal education and training systems. These systems need to evolve into lifelong learning systems. The importance of knowledge and innovation is increasing, as is the reliance on technology and the demand for both traditional skills and new competencies. More and more, people need access to learning on an ongoing, continuous basis, requiring a stronger alignment of institutions and policies with the new demands of the economy for the creation of a high performance learner-driven system. But resources to improve access to quality education and training remain scarce.

Developing countries, in particular, face specific challenges: the need to expand coverage to achieve universal access to basic education as well as increased access to secondary and tertiary provision; improve the linkages between formal and informal education systems and the labor market; raise the quality of learning; and expand access to learning opportunities beyond initial formal schooling. How developing countries respond to these challenges will affect economic growth, human capital development and social cohesion. The overall goal of the Conference is to identify policies needed to ensure that education and training systems respond to the needs of the knowledge economy and facilitate lifelong learning. The Conference will examine six major issues affecting the education and training systems in the context of developing lifelong learning. During the conference government officials from industrial and developing countries, leading private sector and NGO specialists, academics as well as representatives of key bilateral and multilateral agencies will present their views and experiences and discuss upcoming issues of lifelong learning.

Plenary Session/Luncheon Addresses

Presention Materials:  download.zip


Plenary Session 1: The Knowledge Economy and Lifelong Learning - Implications for Developing Countries

  • Implications for Developing Countries
    Barry McGaw, Director, Directorate for Education, OECD
  • Implications for Developing Countries
    Raphael Chanterie, Chef de Cabinet, Commission for Education and Culture, European Union
  • Risk and Opportunity for Developing Countries
    Ruth Kagia, Director, Education Team, Human Development Network, World Bank Group
  • Implications for developing Countries
    Renato Paulo Souza, Minister of Education of Brazil
  • The Knowledge Economy
    Roland Hartung, CEO, MVV Energie AG, Germany

Plenary Session 2: Bridging the Knowledge Gap

  • Transforming the Knowledge/Digital Divide into Opportunity for Developing Countries
    Nieves Confesor, Dean, Asian Institute of Management and Former Minister of Labor, Philippines
  • The Challenge for Developing Countries
    Nieves Confesor, Dean, Asian Institute of Management and Former Minister of Labor, Philippines

Plenary Session 3: The Road Forward: International Development

  • The Road Forward: International Development
    Annette Dixon, Sector Director, Human Development, Europe and Central Asia Region, World Bank Group
  • Speech by Jürgen Mohilo, Member of the Board of Management, DaimlerChrysler Services AG
  • The Road Forward: International Development
    Uschi Eid, State Secretary, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany

Luncheon Addresses: Competitiveness, Technology and Human Development

  • Deutsche Telekom Group. - A profile of the company.
    Hans-Joachim Reck, Senior Executive Vice-President, Business Relation Management, Deutsche Telekom AG, Germany
  • Speech by Mr. Reck
  • e-Learning in Developing Countries, Detecon&Diebold Consultants, Oct. 2002

Best Practice

One of the numerous and very active German organisations and institutions working in and for developing and transition countries is the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH, a government-owned corporation for international cooperation with worldwide operations in more than 130 partner countries.

The GTZ is especially involved and experienced in the so called PPP-Projects (Public Private Partnership Projects).

The German Festo AG & Co. company's core business involves automation with pneumatic components and systems, as well as initial and further training in the field of industrial automation.

It is within this context that the C-Master management development program represents an innovative management training concept for executives and potentials. It integrates knowledge management, human resources and organizational development, and is the key to immediate and sustainable value creation on behalf of the company. Beyond this, the C-Master program expands the management skills of its participants, and serves as a point of departure for lifelong learning.

Detecon&Diebold Consultants, a Member of T-Systems of the Deutsche Telekom AG is a leading consulting company in business and IT, providing excellent management consulting and worldwide experience on the network provider market and convergence area. Working internationally they are also driven by the fact that "The idea of enabling people, no matter where they are, to develop their skills and competencies and connect to global communities to share and expand humanities knowledge is deeply mooving."

  • Festo: C-Masters Learning Programm
  • GTZ: PPP Public-Private Partnerships
  • Dieter Appelt: Improvement of Youth Employability through the Dual Training / System in Germany

 




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