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Education, which improves human capital, is the single most important element in the economic, social and cultural development of any given society. Ensuring equal access to opportunity in fundamental educational activities would serve to train virtuous and skilled people, whom the world desperately needs.

This session will focus on improving the current state of education within the context of political economy, designing the future of education to serve the improvement of human capital around the world, determining anew basic educational needs with an eye on changing demand for employment, promoting equal access to high-quality education, and the potential of international educational institutions in those areas.

Discussion Themes

  • What should be the educational standards for developing nations, with an eye on their projections of the improvement of human capital, and what should that include?

  • What are the effects of strengthening human resources through education on the macroeconomic vulnerability levels of countries?

  • How will changing global and regional employment areas impact the reorganization of education?

  • How can education be planned to provide opportunities for upward social mobility?

  • What is the role of humanitarian aid in the field of education for long-term development?

  • How do investments in education change since the UN Sustainable Development Goals



Erkan Erdemir

Rector, University of New York Tirana


Adeel Malik

Globe Fellow in the Economies of Muslim Societies, University of Oxford


Brad Blitz

Professor of International Politics and Policy, University College London


Arjen Wals

Professor of Transformative Learning for Socio-Ecological Sustainability, Wageningen University & UNESCO Chair of Social Learning and Sustainable Development


Raja Maznah

Professor of Instructional Design and Technology,

Sultan Qaboos University

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