Rectors Presidents and Executives to Meet at SCOP 2013

September 9, 2013 by EDEN Secretariat   Comments (0)

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EDEN is proud to join the International Council for Distance Education (ICDE) and Universidade Aberta (UAb) in organizing the 20th Standing Conference of Presidents (SCOP2013) meeting.

SCOP 2013 will be held in Lisbon, Portugal on 27-30 November 2013 at Universidade Aberta, as part of the institution's 25th anniversary celebrations. The overarching theme is Leadership for Change in a Time of Openness.

This unique event will tackle the issue of leadership in a time of openness. SCOP 2013 aims to provide an opportunity to discuss the role of the institutional management in the fast-changing higher education environment. The meeting will discuss sustainable visions, innovative strategies and creative business models to meet the challenges. Participating presidents, vice-chancellors and rectors will have the opportunity to meet with peers from around the world in a confidential, in-camera setting, to exchange views, in the dedicated presidents' meeting.

In this very special occasion, representatives from EDEN institutional members will enjoy a special rate.

Key themes to be addressed

  • Opening up education. The European Commission will present its new initiative for Europe, and the importance of leadership for change. How can regions and governments in other parts of the world be inspired by the European example?
  • 20 years past the first SCOP: What has changed and how have evolved institutional leadership in the ODL world? What are the challenges ahead for the next 20 years?
  • Institutional change in a time of disruptive innovation.
  • A case-study of the Universidade Aberta, Portugal.
  • Hands-on innovative leadership in open, distance and online education.
  • Opening up universities: institutional change to meet societal needs and challenges. What is the change agenda in Africa?
  • The introduction of open and online education is facilitating a change agenda for more sustainable quality education (and research) to lower costs. What issues are on the change agenda in the different regions of the world? And how does top-management face the change agenda in their region? Are there joint lessons to be drawn?
  • On a policy level, what are the key issues for government and in the shared arena for governments and senior management in higher education?
  • What is the role of global and regional associations in the new open, distance and e-learning scenario?
  • Raising public awareness on open, distance and e-learning social relevance: what are the issues? And what global/regional actions should be taken?

Keynote speakers

  • Pierre Mairesse is Director, Directorate General Education and Culture at the European Commission.
  • Tony Bates is President and CEO of Tony Bates Associates Ltd, a private company specializing in consultancy and training in the planning and management of e-learning and distance education.
  • Bakary Diallo is the Rector of the African Virtual University (AVU), an intergovernmental organization based in Nairobi Kenya, which specializes in Open Distance and E-Learning since 1997.

Read more at the SCOP 2013 website