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Eduverse Summit 2024 sets the stage for global transformation in international education

This avant-garde conference, part of a multi-country series, brought together higher education leaders, policymakers, innovators, and educators from around the world to discuss pressing issues and chart a course for the future.
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The Eduverse Summit kicked off in Lagos, Nigeria, marking the beginning of a global conversation on reshaping the landscape of international education. This avant-garde conference, part of a multi-country series, brought together higher education leaders, policymakers, innovators, and educators from around the world to discuss pressing issues and chart a course for the future.

Lauren Legroun, CBO of M Square Media,led a thought-provoking session on “The Future of International Education.”She highlighted the staggering statistic from the United Schools report, revealing that billions of people lack access to the internet and education portals. The discussion delved into various learning resources and trends, including the integration of social and emotional learning, experiential learning, and artificial intelligence to personalise learning experiences and drive recruitment and retention.

Dindembolo-Zaya Kuyena, Senior Trade Commissioner at the Deputy High Commission of Canada in Nigeria, addressed the audience on the topic of educational trade and elevating higher education to the next level. He discussed the challenges faced by travel abroad agencies and emphasized the importance of understanding the application process to prevent student admissions from being declined.

Ambassador Godknows Igali PhD, OON, Pro-Chancellor & Chairman Governing Council of the Federal University Akure, Nigeria, stressed the significance of building effective educational partnerships for Nigeria’s future. He urged both private and public educational institutions to collaborate, emphasizing the need for collective action to drive educational development across all sectors in the country.

The panel session on “Innovative Educational Technologies & Strategies in Africa” brought together a diverse group of experts, including Dindembolo-Zaya Kuyena, H.E. Ambassador Godknows Boladei Igali, DeWayne P. Frazier, Ph.D., Dr. Adetola Salau, Professor Owunari Abraham Georgewill, and Adetomi Soyinka, Regional Director of Higher Education Programmes, Sub-Saharan Africa at the British Council. The panelists discussed cutting-edge technologies and strategies relevant to the African context, emphasizing the importance of collaboration, synergy, and avoiding unhealthy competition to advance higher education in Africa and Nigeria on a global scale.

As the Eduverse Summit continues its global journey, with upcoming stops in Brazil, Canada, and India, the momentum for reshaping international education grows stronger, fueled by collaboration, innovation, and a shared commitment to driving positive change in higher education worldwide.

Key lessons

Building effective educational partnerships for Nigeria’s future is crucial for addressing various challenges and improving educational outcomes in the country. By fostering collaborations between government agencies, educational institutions, NGOs, businesses, and other stakeholders, Nigeria can leverage resources, expertise, and innovative approaches to enhance access to quality education, curriculum development, teacher training, infrastructure improvement, and technology integration. These partnerships can also facilitate knowledge sharing, research initiatives, and policy development tailored to the specific needs of Nigerian students, ultimately contributing to the nation’s socio-economic development and global competitiveness.

The panel session focuses on innovative educational technologies and strategies in Africa, where panellists discuss cutting-edge educational technologies and various strategies that are relevant to the African context. The panellists also emphasized the need for educational institutions to collaborate, leverage their strengths, and work on their weaknesses as they take higher education in Africa and Nigeria to the world. A point of call is how African institutions can also collaborate to make higher education a beautiful one. Panelists also emphasize the need for synergy, collaboration, and avoid unhealthy competition.

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