WAT_UNESCO, gold medalist for innovation in education


The 1st Inter-American Prize for Educational Innovation in Higher Education awarded to Philippe Poullaouec-Gonidec

Following a call for proposals from the Inter-American Organization for Higher Education (OUI-IOHE), Philippe Poullaouec-Gonidec, professor at the University of Montreal, was awarded the 1st Inter-American Prize for Educational Innovation 2016 for the project entitled WAT_UNESCO of the UNESCO Chair in Urban Landscape (CUPUM).

WAT_UNESCO, an innovative educational model

WAT_UNESCO is a strategic support activity for urban development that builds on the expertise of a university’s network of international cooperation. Built around the implementation of intensive workshops in urban design, results from these reflections provide pragmatic solutions to urban problems and challenges. This pedagogical initiative in higher education is supported by UNESCO and serves local communities in search of preservation, enhancement and innovative development of their territories and landscapes.

As highlighted by Prof. Philippe Poullaouec-Gonidec, “receiving the first prize of this international competition is a great honor, but it is primarily the recognition of a team invested in this educational (and research) project which included, in recent years, my colleagues Patrick Marmen (research fellow) and Sylvain Paquette (professor) as well as of the involvement of UNESCO Chair in Urban Landscape’s international cooperation network which is strongly committed to the development of cities around the world. ”

The first edition of the Inter-American Prize for Educational Innovation in Higher Education

The Inter-American Prize for Educational Innovation rewards the best teaching practices in higher education from the 345 academic institutions that are a member of the Inter-American Organization for Higher Education (OUI-IOHE), representing 35 countries (Central America, Brazil, Canada, Caribbean, Colombia, Southern Cone, United States, Mexico and Andean countries).

Following a preselection of 35 projects from different academic institutions from fifteen countries, the jury selected 10 best practices in higher education and named the three winners.

It should be noted that this nomination was proposed and seconded by Mr. Guy Lefebvre, Vice-Rector for International Affairs, the Francophonie, philanthropy and alumni relations at the University of Montreal.

Laureates will receive their awards during a ceremony to be held in Mexico on November 25th during the XXXVI General Assembly of the OUI-IOHE and the Guadalajara International Book Fair.