Theme 2:  Education for a Sustainable Society

Theme 2:  Education for a Sustainable Society

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Chair Sweden: Per Assmo, University West, per.assmo@hv.se

South Africa: Jose Frantz, University of the Western Cape, jfrantz@uwc.ac.za;

Education is an important key to enhance equality among people, globally as well as locally. Whilst our globalised world economy requires knowledge and skills for international exchange and collaboration, the uneven and unequal forms of that global economy mitigate against free movement and a true cosmopolitanism. Hence, access to suitable forms of education for all people is a goal to improve knowledge, prevent poverty and making it possible for next generations to create a sustainable societal future. In this context this theme highlight the roles of education, at all levels, to create an equal sustainable society in the globalised world. Mitigating factors emerging from the two national contexts of this project also include: South Africa’s history, with its current problems of poverty and unequal distribution of wealth, means that education has been the reserve of the privileged few. Sweden, faces new challenges regarding fair and equal access to education as new stratification patterns, are leading to worrying trends in the higher education sector. If we can connect experiences across the globe, we may find international answers to very local challenges.

Keywords

Higher Education; Internationalisation; Curriculum; Transformation; Social cohesion; Partnerships