About Education Leaders Forums

At Microsoft we believe technology can expand the power of education, and we have a responsibility to use our position as a technology leader to work with governments and partners to help more countries pave the way to a more prosperous future.

Typically held alongside major education events, such as UNESCO’s World Conference on Higher Education 2009, and the Imagine Cup World Finals, the world's largest student technology competition reaching over 250,000 students who participate worldwide to demonstrate how they use their technology skills to address challenges in supporting the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, Microsoft and partners organize worldwide Education Leaders Forums to create an opportunity for joint dialogue and exchange.

Now in its fourth year, ELF took place at the following locations: 2007 in Seoul, Korea, two consecutive years in Paris, France 2008 and 2009, and 2010 in Warsaw, Poland.

Since 2007 UNESCO is actively supporting the Education Leaders Forum as part of the global cooperation agreement with Microsoft, underpinning the belief that access to information and communication technologies will enable countries to build equitable, inclusive and participatory knowledge societies.

The format of the Education Leaders Forum is an interactive one. Focusing on post-secondary education and its role in sustainable social, economic and environmental development, a forum would typically feature keynote addresses and input from education, policy and leadership experts, after which participants split into groups for deep discussion on challenges, working solutions, policy examples and practical strategies, that demonstrate how governments, education systems and other sectors can work together to deliver engaging, relevant and authentic education experiences that will build stronger economies and more cohesive societies.

Moving forward Education Leaders Forums will take on a more regional approach and will be held as smaller forums around the world. To find out where you can participate and how to partner with us, please contact your local Microsoft education representative.