Commonwealth Education Conference: Innovators from across disciplines to collaborate on changes in sector

Commonwealth Education Conference will be held on May 19, 2022 in London

FPJ Web DeskUpdated: Monday, May 16, 2022, 06:10 PM IST
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The conference will be powered by ISDC (International Skill Development Corporation). Over the last few years, ISDC has been working closely with Indian universities and autonomous colleges to address the skill gap across sectors. |

Bridge India, progressive non-profit think tank dedicated to discourse on public policy will be organising the Commonwealth Education Conference on May 19, 2022 in London.

The conference will be powered by ISDC (International Skill Development Corporation). Over the last few years, ISDC has been working closely with Indian universities and autonomous colleges to address the skill gap across sectors.

The new and student-centric partnership focuses on delivering quality education and skill development programmes and training, aimed at equipping students with future-ready career skills and expertise.

The Commonwealth Education Conference will bring together leading innovators from the world of higher education, edtechs and others. The conference will witness 150+ attendees from the UK, India, Australia, New Zealand, and more.

Dr Ashwath Narayan, Minister for Higher Education, IT, BT, Skill Development & Livelihood, and Government of Karnataka will be attending the conference as keynote speaker at the conference. In an exciting keynote session, “How to build a national Higher Education system in the 21st century”, he will discuss an overview on India’s new National Education Policy 2020.

In another keynote session, “What is my vision for a post-COVID realignment of education”, panelists, Tom Joseph, Executive Director - Strategy & Development, ISDC; Supriyo Chaudhuri Chief Learning Officer, ATMC; Kevin McCole; Managing Director, UKIBC; and Priyank Kharge, Former Minister for IT and Biotechnology, Government of Karnataka will discuss the post pandemic scenario of Education.

The session will also include ISDC presentation on “Collaborative Approach - Building Partnerships is the New Way of Working”. In this presentation, ISDC will describe how its collaboration with Indian education providers has provided the Indian education system with opportunities to experience British education. Further, the presentation will explain how the collaborations have provided learners in India with new opportunities and have helped to build robust education and careers.

Speaking about the conference, Tom Joseph, Executive Director - Strategy & Development, ISDC, said, “We are proud to associate with Bridge India to organise the Commonwealth education conference. In many ways, the pandemic has disrupted the education sector worldwide, from student experiences to business models. In response to the new challenges, educators from around the world have devised innovative solutions. The Commonwealth education conference aims to bring together innovators from across various disciplines to collaborate on the best ways to set the pace, and keep up with changes in education. The one-day forum will bring together education and policy leaders across countries and help build global partnerships. A special focus at the conference will be on the concept of a digital Commonwealth, which makes collaborations across borders easier in a post-pandemic world”.

In another panel discussion, ‘Beyond branch campuses’, Professor Peter Francis, Deputy-Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Birmingham City University, and Dr. Manish Malhotra, Founder and Chairman, ATMC Education Group will explore different approaches to branch campuses and beyond. Additionally, the panel will discuss how student and staff are given unique opportunities through branch campuses and joint degree programmes.

In a session titled "Exploring innovative partnerships", distinguished Panelists Steve Waterworth, Head of International Partnerships, Liverpool John Moores University; Rosie Sweeney AIoA, Head of Membership, The Institute of Analytics (IoA); Teresa Jacobs, Executive Director - Learning, ISDC; and Dr. Clare Walsh FIoA; Head of Education, the Institute of Analytics (IoA) will present insights from ISDC's UK Collaboration Partners on the impact of innovative skill development and education partnerships for UK technical and higher education institutions abroad.

Nitin Bhalla, Head – Outreach and Partnerships, Sri Aurobindo Society and Sambhrant Sharma, Executive Committee Member, Sri Aurobindo Society will present a case study: Micro incentives to reward achievement. The case study by Auro scholar seeks to provide micro-incentives to students to learn. Achievement is rewarded by micro-payments. Sri Aurobindo Society’s wider work has already delivered teacher training to over 2.2m teachers, are strongly embedded in 22,000 CBSE schools with 8m students across 31 State Governments and Union Territories.

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