November 16-18 2017


Roma Tre University, Rome, Italy

This conference is designed to serve as an open, active platform for participants to share, collaborate and co-create new ideas, approaches, methodologies and best practices. The multi-stakeholder approach and structure of the conference will make it possible for participants to organize or participate in special sessions dedicated to in-depth exploration of specific topics ranging from subject content, pedagogy and learning technologies to social and economic impact on issues such as employment, skills development, business development, innovation, social power, citizenship, cultural diversity, personal development and individuality.


  • Implement student-centered, person-centered, active, participative learning pedagogies;
  • Harness the potential of emerging learning technologies and delivery systems;
  • Foster synthetic, integrated modes of thinking;
  • Make conscious and explicit the central role of values in human development;
  • Shift toward multi- and trans-disciplinary approaches to knowledge;
  • Develop mental capacities for independent thinking, creativity, entrepreneurship & leadership;
  • Extend the scope of learning outcomes from information and mental skills to encompass development of social capabilities, personality, values and individuality.

Building on a break-through conference at University of the California at Berkeley in 2013, the World University Consortium, the World Academy of Art & Science and Roma Tre University are collaborating to conduct an international conference on Future Education to identify practical measures to meet the needs and aspirations of major stakeholders — youth, students, teachers, employers, workers, research institutions, governments and civil society.

The Challenge

Society is changing more rapidly 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.

The Solution

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 need not only much 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 anticipated now.





The conference will be organized into streams focusing on the following themes

  • Learning in a time of increasing uncertainty
  • Closing the time warp in higher education
  • Education for Full Employment and Human Welfare
  • Distributing Social Power through Education
  • Transdisciplinary Education
  • Person-centered learning
  • Mind, Thinking & Creativity
  • Developing Individuality through Education
  • Learning as a way of life
  • Value-based vs. Value-free education
  • Social construction of knowledge
  • Network-based education, learning spaces and learning communities
  • Online and hybrid learning
  • Disruptive educational technologies
  • Technological enhancements, automation and digitization
  • Storming the Ivory Tower
  • Ways of Thinking and Knowing
  • Sustainable Entrepreneurship
  • Transformational Leadership
  • Education beyond the university
  • Navigating transitions in education and society
  • Multi-stakeholder perspectives
  • What students want from higher education
  • Teaching in a time of instant information and rapid change
  • Politics and Economics of Education
  • Business and Employer Needs
  • Workers’ Perspectives

Conference Trailer

Conference Schedule

Day 1 – morning

Plenary 1: Learning in an age of speed, complexity and uncertainty

Plenary 2: Closing the time warp in higher education

Day 1 – afternoon

Parallel 3:  Education for Full Employment and Human Welfare

Parallel 4: Education distributes Social Power

Parallel 5: Transdisciplinary Education

Parallel 6-9:

  • Person-Centered Education

  • Disruptive educational technologies

  • Transformational leadership

  • Education beyond the university

Parallel 10-13:

  • Teaching in a time of instant information and rapid change

  • Mind, Thinking, Creativity

  • On-line and hybrid learning

  • Developing Individuality Through Education

Parallel 14-17:

  • What students want from higher education

  • Value-based vs Value-free education

  • Technological enhancements, automation & digitization

  • Educating the next generation work force

Parallel 18-21:

  • Business and Employer Needs

  • Network-based education, learning spaces & communities

  • Politics and Economics of Education

  • Learning as a way of life

Day 3 – Morning

Plenary 3: Reports from the parallel sessions

Plenary 4: Navigating transitions in education and society

Highlighted Speakers

Elizabet Paunovic

Head of WHO/ Europe Centre for Environment andHealth

Nora Bateson

Independent Filmmaker

Kakha Shengelia

President, International Association of University Presidents

Emil Constantinescu

Former President of Romania

Federico Mayor Zaragoza

Former Director-General of UNESCO

Edgar Morin

Philosopher and Sociologist

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