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Effective Learning in an Age of Increasing Speed, Complexity and Uncertainty

November 12-14, 2018 – Rio de Janeiro – Brazil

This Conference is supported by the Ministry of Education of Brazil


Building on a break-through conference at the University of California, Berkeley, in 2013 and the Future Education Conference at the University of Roma TRE, in Rome, Italy, in November 2017, the World Academy of Art and Science (WAAS) and the World University Consortium (WUC) are now joining hands with the Ministry of Education of Brazil, UNESCO and Fundação and Faculdade CESGRANRIO to conduct a “Third International Conference on Future Education –Latin American Perspectives” to identify practical measures to meet the needs and aspirations of major stakeholders – youth, students, teachers, employers, workers, research institutions, universities, governments and civil society, in this region of the world. 


Society is changing faster than ever before, generating unprecedented opportunities and challenges in its wake. Anticipating and addressing the consequences of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, environmental pressures, rising levels of youth unemployment and inequality, globalization and virtualization of business models, the explosive growth of online communications and education, the globalization of education, increasing intercultural contacts and migration will place enormous pressure on educational institutions, students, teachers and researchers. 


Education is humanity’s most effective instrument for consciously steering social evolution to maximize the benefits and minimize the disruption and trauma associated with it. There is an urgent need for expanding the reach, accessibility, affordability and quality of education at all levels. But multiplying the existing model is not sufficient. Indeed, it is likely to aggravate rather than alleviate many problems due to the time warp and gap between the education offered today and that which is so urgently needed. We not only need more education but education that is qualitatively different – a new paradigm. Updating course content is not enough. We need an education that equips youth to adapt to future innovations and challenges that cannot be fully anticipated now.

The Hotel where the Conference will be held in Rio is 
Rua Ferreira Viana, 81 – Catete
Rio de Janeiro, RJ CEP 22210-040 - BRAZIL
E-mail for reservations at the Hotel: reservas.florida@windsorhotels.com.br
Hotel telephone: 55 21 – 2 1956800
Hotel daily costs: Single room – R$ 322,00+15% (taxes)
                          Double room – R$ 322,00+15% (taxes)

Breakfast is included. Costs for lunch and dinner are expected to be paid directly by the Participant. (Exchange rate, at present, is: US$1.00 = Real R$ 3.60)Each participant is responsible for his own reservations and costs at the Hotel.

Since the Conference in Brazil starts on Monday, November 12, participants should plan to arrive in Rio de Janeiro, on Sunday, November 11 (or earlier, to have an opportunity for sight-seeing in Rio, or in other places in Brazil). 

“All participants at the Conference must register at the Secretariat (E-mail:rio@worldacademy.org) and pay a Registration fee of R$500,00 (US$150.00) upon arrival at the Conference in Rio de Janeiro or, please make a deposit, In favor of: Banco Bradesco- 237; Agency 1421-4; Account: 16259-0; CNPJ 16665589/0001-87, in the name of:Capítulo Brasileiro."