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Nurturing the democratic debate.  
16-06-2003 1:00 pm Paris – More than 400 experts and authorities from some 120 countries will attend the World Higher Education Conference +5, to be held at UNESCO Headquarters from June 23-25. Their task will be to evaluate the changes in this domain over the five years since the World Conference on Higher Education held in Paris (France).
The Conference will present the results of a worldwide survey examining how systems are changing country by country. Particular attention will be placed on the role of information and communication technologies in higher education, the impact of new education providers and the expansion of the private sector in an increasingly deregulated and global market, how to ensure quality of education in the wake of these changes, and the state of academic freedom – who has it, who doesn’t and the effects of higher education quality and development.

UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura will open the WCHE + 5 on the morning of June 23 (10 a.m). A keynote address will then be given by the Minister for Education of Brazil, Professor Cristovam Buarque, followed by a special address from H.H. Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Abdullah Al Misnad, the First Lady of Qatar and UNESCO Special Envoy for Basic and Higher Education.

The following day, four commissions will focus on: New developments in higher education; The contribution of higher education to development; Internationalization; and Evolution of higher education structures and systems – which will include a session on academic freedom, or the right of higher education teachers to freedom of teaching and discussion, carrying out research, disseminating and publishing the results thereof, freedom of expression, freedom from institutional censorship and freedom to participate in professional or representative academic bodies.

Conclusions and recommendations will be presented on June 25, when the conference will be closed by John Daniel, UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Education and André Sonko (Senegal), the President of the International WCHE Follow-Up Committee.

More information at www.unesco.org/education
Journalists wishing to cover the event require accreditation from the UNESCO Press Service. Tel: +33 (0)1 45 68 17 48.

Source Media Advisory No 2003 - 53


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