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The Role of Technology in Higher Education

Technology has an important impact in all aspects of higher education worldwide. It brings new opportunities and means for improving access and the quality of higher education. Yet, for various reasons the inclusion of how to use technology to improve higher education is uneven from region to region, country within a region, and institutions within a country. Thus, while recognizing and pursuing the important potential to bridge divides and to reduce inequalities in terms of access to knowledge and information, it is important to acknowledge that the risk of exacerbating existing or creating new inequalities is equally high as it requires means, necessary infrastructure and human skills to harness the potential of technology in higher education. The aim of the IAU’s action in this area is to pursue that the potential of technology is fully harnessed to improve the quality of higher education and to increase access to knowledge and education for all.

STRATEGIC GOAL

Overall objectives for 2016-2020:

  • Advocate for equity and solidarity between and within higher education institutions in ICT matters;
  • Promote the design of inclusive ICT strategies in HEIs by encouraging and facilitating networking and cooperation between HEIs, international, and national bodies.

ADVOCACY AND EXPERTISE

A working group has been established by the IAU Administrative Board in order to develop activities and provide advice to the Administrative Board and the Secretary General on the strategic direction in this field. It will be in charge of establishing a drafting group for the revision of the IAU statement “Universities and Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs)” from 2004 with a view to review and revise the statement to the current context.

Working Group:

Chair
- Remus Pricopie, Rector, National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, Romania

Members
- Marta Losada Falk, President, Antonio Nariño University, Colombia
- Pierre-André Pierre, Rector, Université Notre-Dame d’Haiti, Haiti
- Daniel Hernandez Ruiperez, Rector, University of Salamanca, Spain

IAU Secretariat
Trine Jensen, Manager, Events and Projects

If you are interested in getting involved in the work of IAU in this area and pilot specific activities, provide feedback on initiatives and to shape the work of the association in this area, please contact IAU, specifying your name, position, organization/institution and a few lines on your experience in this field.



Trine Jensen

MONITORING TRENDS

As a global Association with members in all regions of the world, the IAU has a unique position to monitor trends around the world in order to favor exchange of best practices. The Association is currently developing a survey in to monitor the role of technology in higher education as a stocktaking exercise that will inform the revision of the statement “Universities and Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs)” from 2004.

If you are interested in getting involved in the work of IAU in this area and pilot specific activities, provide feedback on initiatives and to shape the work of the association in this area, please contact IAU, specifying your name, position, organization/institution and a few lines on your experience in this field.



Trine Jensen

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