Welcome to the Education Leaders Forum 2010!

With exciting keynotes, stimulating expert input, and lively debate among the over 104 Ministers of Education, senior education bureaucrats and policy advisors from 38 countries, the 2010 Education Leaders Forum took place on 7-8 July at the Olympic Centre in Warsaw, Poland.

In cooperation with UNESCO and the European Schoolnet, Microsoft continued the opportunity for joint dialogue about higher education’s role as economic driver, and discussion about challenges and successful strategies needed to achieve real change in institutional education. Learn more about Education Leaders Forums and join ELF participants in their 1.5 day journey. Learn more about the program, the top-level speakers and discussions, by sharing video highlights and resources with your peers. Find out more.

Engaging Student Creativity and Innovation: A Key to Global Success

This year’s working forum opened with a student perspective. Dan Brown, a young American internet blogger and currently the 38th most subscribed director on YouTube with over 200,000 followers, shared his view on institutional education: How universities changed the world, their need today to adapt to the landscape of the information age, and their important role ‘to empower students to change the world for the better’.

During the Forum we agreed that access to technology, quality education and local innovation are key to secure sustainable economic success, employability and to enable social and environmental development.

Keynote addresses from UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova, Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of the Under Secretary of Education in the U.S. Department of Education Hal Plotkin, and Microsoft President Jean-Philippe Courtois, and input from education, leadership and policy experts, as well as young entrepreneurs, fuelled ‘table talk discussions’ about the need of providing quality experiences to learners, and the challenges related to higher education transformation. Read more about the output of these discussions in the summary communiqué here.

Over the course of the two days we looked at solutions and strategies to help higher education institutions and governments make the shift to 21st century learning and green education. We rounded the forum off with the Imagine Cup showcase and awards ceremony, where we saw amazing examples of students using their creativity to make a difference in the world with innovative use of technology. Visit www.ImagineCup.com

All participant feedback noted that the forum was very or extremely valuable. Conferences such as the Education Leaders Forum provide a great opportunity for dialogue and exchange between representatives from world education, government and industry. The challenges in today’s world and education are many, but together we can achieve more. Contact your local Microsoft education representative to find out how governments and education systems can work together to deliver an engaging, relevant and authentic education experiences, and prepare students to tackle 21st century challenges.

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