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Building a Sustainable World through Open Education
Tuesday, October 17 • 3:00pm - 3:30pm

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We wish to present the UNITWIN Network on Open Education, organized around the activities of a dozen UNESCO Chairs already working in this field, to better address the numerous challenges linked with community building, research, education and the world-wide sharing of ideas, teaching and learning resources, concepts and software.

UNITWIN is a unique intellectual and strategic programme of some 900 institutions from over 120 countries aimed at strengthening connections between research and development policy and practice at country, regional and global levels. It has contributed to strengthening higher education systems and fostering collaborative research partnerships and networks. Through its integrated approach that combines research, teaching and training, as well as community engagement, the Programme has proven value in advancing UNESCO’s interdisciplinary knowledge generation and the Organization’s role as global observatory and as a laboratory of ideas.

The network aims at developing four core target areas with the 10 activities below and supporting UNESCO’s 2022-2029 medium term strategies and the UNESCO Approved programme and budget 2022-2025. In particular it will support UNESCO’ Recommendation on OER (2019) and its promotion, implementation and progress evaluation.

Community building and support

To provide training and strengthen the knowledge of stakeholders in government institutions, civil societies and global, regional and local communities working in the area of Open Education and OER.

To support teams in countries new to Open Education and OER; to build tools enabling or enhancing the development of OER (research teams, training programs, Chairs) (Recommendation (i)(b)).

To cooperate closely with UNESCO, existing UNESCO Chairs and academic institutions by engaging in joint research on issues of common interest and ensuring that the academic outputs (i.e., academic conferences, meetings and events, training, research programmes, curricula development, publications, etc.) feed into and advance UNESCO’s related programmatic priorities in relation to OER.


To generate and circulate high-quality research documents in the field of Open Education.

To engage in shared research programs, with particular emphasis on mentoring activities, and contributions to common work.

To promote research initiatives and projects around Open Science and Open Education (joint conferences, special issues for journals)


To share and cooperate on teaching programs, courses and teaching materials related to Open Education and making them accessible to all.

To develop curricula and academic research that will contribute to increase awareness and to strengthen the usage of OER in particular in different languages


To investigate the roles that artificial intelligence and crowd sourcing can play in the dissemination and usage of OER.

To promote and make available free and open-source tools developed by partners of the network, including the establishment of a shared open infrastructure cooperative to provide access to open-source tools to support network activities.

Keywords: Networking, Unesco, Global cooperation

Session outcomes and takeaways: The preparation of the UNITWIN network resulted in many questions raised as far as how to better cooperate at international level over Open Education and OER. We hope to be able to propose ideas as how to increase further collaboration. The network itself aims at progressively including further members and better working with all stakeholders.

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Colin de la Higuera

Unesco Chair, University of Nantes
I am a teacher in computer science. More precisely Machine Learning, which is an important field of Artificial Intelligence. I work on using AI for Open Education. But the converse is also interesting.Current projects:AI4T, which is a European project about training teachers to AIFlorilege... Read More →

Tuesday October 17, 2023 3:00pm - 3:30pm MDT
Bear (S8/10) Edmonton Convention Centre
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