Fostering 21st-century skills in higher education: How can governments and institutions support students’ skill development?

12 January 2022 - 13 January 2022

About this event

OECD countries are recognising the importance of promoting 21st-century skills in higher education, and many governments have adopted policies to support this goal. In parallel, higher education institutions across the world have been actively implementing innovative student-centred pedagogies to foster students’ 21st-century skills. Yet, little is known about the relevance and effectiveness of different approaches to support the development of these skills.

This two-day online event will bring together policy makers, institutional leaders and experts from across the world to discuss what 21st-century skills really are and how governments and institutions can help students develop them in different contexts.

Session 1: Institutional perspective: Dialogue with institutional leaders (Registration here)

Wednesday 12 January, 13:30-15:00 (Paris time)

Speakers include:

  • Elina Kähkönen, Director of Aaltonaut (Interdisciplinary Programme), Aalto University, Finland
  • Bernard C Y Tan, Senior Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • Laura Winer, Director of Teaching and Learning Services, McGill University, Canada
  • Tia Loukkola, Head of Innovation and Measuring Progress Division, Directorate for Education and Skills, OECD

Session 2: Approaches to 21st-century skills in Europe and North America (Registration here)

Wednesday 12 January, 16:00-17:00 (Paris time)

Speakers include:

  • Susan Carson, Program Director, National Science Foundation, United States
  • Mary Catharine Lennon, Senior Policy Advisor, Postsecondary Education Quality Assessment Board, Ontario Ministry of Colleges and Universities, Canada
  • Claire McAvinia, Educational Developer - Professional Development, National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Ireland

Session 3: Approaches to 21st-century skills in Asia-Pacific (Registration here)

Thursday 13 January, 09:30-11:00 (Paris time)

Speakers include:

  • Angela Carbone, Director, Australian Awards for University Teaching, Universities Australia, Australia
  • Eun Young Kim, Director and Research Fellow, Office of International Cooperation, Korean Educational Development Institute, Korea  

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