Montreal, November 29, 2019 – On November 13, Philippe Poullaouec-Gonidec, Director of the UNESCO Chair in Urban Landscape, was invited to represent the Rector of the University of Montreal at the ministerial meeting for inclusion and mobility in higher education as part of the UNESCO 40th General Conference (November 12-27 in Paris).
A true interministerial dialogue strategic platform, this first global meeting examined the central role of higher education in supporting the 2030 Agenda (SDGs – United Nations) for sustainable development. Furthermore, one of the expectations of this meeting was to support decision making in favour of inclusion, mobility and better recognition of qualifications within and between regions via an informed debate.
During the two sessions of this meeting, the 100 ministers responsible for higher education and the 100 university representatives from 127 countries shared their points of view and experiences on the guarantee of inclusive and quality higher education for diverse populations, including migrants, refugees and internally displaced people. They also discussed how to develop the idea of a veritable global inclusive campus thanks to the international mobility of students and faculty, learning modalities, and innovative study programs.
As a conclusion to this ministerial meeting, Mrs. Stefania Giannini, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Education, expressed the wish that the Member States unanimously adopt the Global Convention on the Recognition of Higher Education Qualifications.
Following this meeting, on November 25, 2019, UNESCO adopted this international convention, which puts forward the principle of higher education as a public good, academic freedom, and the autonomy of universities.
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