5 August 2014

UNAI – HGU forum on education in small island countries to take place in Samoa, 31 August - 1 September 2014

Handong Global University, in association with the United Nations Academic Impact, is organizing an international forum focusing on capacity building in education in the Small Island Developing States, on 31 August and 1 September 2014 in Apia, Samoa. The meeting will take place in conjunction with the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States, which will be held in Apia from 1 to 4 September 2014.

Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are a special group of 51 small-island developing States and territories with similar development and environmental challenges. These island nations are subject to structural vulnerability that affects their productivity, development and cooperation policies. The Third International Conference on SIDS will serve as a forum to build on existing successful partnerships as well as to launch innovative and concrete new ones, to advance the sustainable development of Small Island Developing States. 

The UNAI – HGU forum, which is formally called ““Capacity Building in Higher Education, Energy, and Entrepreneurship for Achieving Sustainable Development in the Small Island Developing States (SIDS),” will focus on two broad themes with other topics related to sustainable energy system:

I.     Addressing the United Nations General Assembly in 2012, the Honorable Prime Minister of Samoa noted that the “Pacific region is going through a process of maturity where sub-regionalism is evolving and the uniqueness of capacity and comparative advantages are coming to the fore.” What role does higher education play in national capacity building and the development of comparative advantage? 

II.    Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said, “young people can be transformed into employers when we invest in their entrepreneurship.” Are changes necessary to traditional patterns of education to realize this transformation?

Other topics on sustainable development capacity building through technology innovation and energy security will also be introduced and discussed at the forum. Expected outcomes of this forum are to seek viable solutions that bring changes leading to genuine sustainable development of the SIDS; to create platform of cooperation between the UNAI-HGU and SIDS actors.

Handong Global University, which serves as UNAI’s global hub on “Capacity-Building in Higher Education Systems”, is extending an invitation to UNAI members, especially those in SIDS, to attend the conference. HGU will be represented at the forum by the co-chair of Korean Association in Support of UNAI and former President of Korean Council of University Education, Dr. Kim, Young-Gil. Dr. Chang, Soon Heung, President of Handong Global University and Member of Presidential Advisory Council for Science and Technology, Republic of Korea, will also attend. Several senior United Nations officials, including Dr. Shin, Young Soo, Regional Director of World Health Organization (WHO), have confirmed participation. The Prime Minister of Aruba, Mr. Michiel Godfried Eman, and the United nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, who will attend the SIDS conference, are lso expected to join the discussion.

UNAI members who want to attend, are requested to register.

For additional information and inquiries, please contact Mr. Deun Kim at unai.hgu.forum2014@gmail.com or +82-54-260-1764.