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Heads of higher education institutions will discuss challenges of digital society this Thursday and Friday in Tallinn

19. April 2018 - 9:40

Representatives of institutions of applied sciences and experts of higher education and innovation are gathering in Tallinn Creative Hub from 19th to 20th April to discuss the role of higher education institutions in digital society.

Meeting is opened by Estonia’s minister of education and research, Mailis Reps who stressed that the shaping of active members of digital society is the duty of educational system. “Education must be up-to-date. Studying and teaching are changing and the essence of innovation in education cannot be solely in new technical solutions and devices, but also must be thought through and well-integrated to the development of curriculas and arrangement of teaching,” said Reps.

The president of the European Association of Institutions in Higher Education, Stéphane Lauwicki said that currently the institutions are searching on how to integrate ever-changing labour market and economy better to curriculas. “We must invest into innovation in the changing world and there should be strong connections between the society and entrepreneurs.”

About 200 representatives of higher education institutions will attend the conference. On the day one, the focus is on education and teaching the digital society. On the day two, the focus is on cooperation with business world.

The chairman of the Estonian Rectors' Conference of the Universities of Applied Sciences, Enno Lend highlighted that the requirements to employees as well the nature of work has already changed and it requires flexibility from both sides. These challenge also studying, as well learning from distance and different e-learning solutions combined to on-site learning will be taken into use.

“Expectations for up-to-date and more flexible higher education is high, we must act together with the entrepreneurs and find the way how to ensure innovation in economy and the development of society,” said Ulla Preeden, rector of the Tartu Health Care College.

According to the representatives of Europe’s universities of applied sciences, the automation of the industry and project- and remote work, as well the development of data communications will shape socioeconomic developments. It is estimated that the number of  white-collar jobs will decline while the number of blue-collar jobs will increase in up-coming 10 years.

The two-day conference will be opened by Mailis Reps on Thursday at 9.30AM. On the second day, there will be workshops and discussions that will be moderated by Neeme Raud.

Detailed program, participants and topics can be found here.

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