From September 11th to September 13th there was the Jubilee International Academic Conference N.E.W.S. in Belgrade. Megatrend University had the honor to be the host and the organizer of this event of tremendous significance in educational, economic and integrational sense – for the first time bringing the N.E.W.S. Conference into Serbia. The Executive Secretary of the N.E.W.S. Conference is professor Mi?a Jovanovi?, PhD, the Rector of Megatrend University. The N.E.W.S. Conference epitomizes the opportunity for rectors, presidents, vice-rectors, deans and other highly ranked representatives of the universities and institutes from all around the world to gather in annual level.
On Wednesday, September 11th, the Jubilee 10th N.E.W.S. Conference was opened by professor Tomislav Jovanovi?, PhD, the Minister of Education, Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia. The Minister cordially greeted all participants of this academic gathering, commended the initiative of Megatrend University, and assessed the Conference as one of the significant academic events for the development of higher education in the Republic of Serbia.
After the Minister, the Rector of Megatrend University, professor Mi?a Jovanovi?, PhD, gave the speech in which he emphasized that this Conference signified an important step of the advancing of Serbian educational system towards modern worldwide models. “This International Academic Conference will discuss the issues of the biggest challenges of modern education, but as well will discuss the considerations of different geopolitical, in particular, geoeconomic integrations in Asia, Europe and Latin America” – said the Rector of Megatrend University.
The President of the N.E.W.S. Conference and the Vice-president of Three Gorges University in China, Jiao Shijian, commented on the course of development of the Global University Network and the benefits which wew provided to all its members.
The participants of the Conference were the scientists from all around the world, the leaders in higher education in USA, China, France, Italy, Korea, UK, etc. Opening Ceremony enhanced by their presence: Sung-Jo Park, Conference Coordinator of N.E.W.S. and Prof.em.Dr.habil.Dr.h.c. of Free University Berlin, Germany; Jean-Jacques Chanaron, Associate Dean Scientific Director of Grenoble Ecole De Management, France; Radovan Vukadinovi?, President of Center for International Studies in Croatia; Dragan Bolan?a, Vice-rector of University of Split; Dragan Maruši?, the Rector of University Primorska from Koper, Slovenia; Douglas Ross, MBA Program Chair of Franklin University, USA; Antonello Garzoni, Vice-rector for International Relations and Erasmus Coordinator of LUM Jean Monnet University Bari, Italy; Aleksandar Andrejevi?, the Rector of EDUCONS University from Sremska Kamenica, Serbia; and many others.
The Rector of South East European University, Prof. Dr. Zamir Dika upon the invitation of the organizers took part in the International Conference on Economics of Education in Kosovo: “Walk on – Education for Economic Development”, which had gathered from 17-18 September 2013, in Prishtina, representatives of the Government of the Republic of Kosovo, Macedonia and countries of the region, leaders of public and private education institutions, civil society, education experts from different countries of the world etc..
In this two-day conference organized by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kosovo, in cooperation with the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), were revealed different views on the future of education and sustainable economic development. Minister of Education, Science and Technology of Republic of Kosovo, Ramë Buja said that this conference is a unique event and very important to the education system in Kosovo, organized for the first time in the region. Whereas the German ambassador in Prishtina, Peter Blomeyer, stressed that the quality of education is key to economic development and growth, and education of future generations means investment
It was announce that this year’s Internet of Education conference will take place in Ljubljana, Slovenia and will be organized by Knowledge 4 All Foundation Ltd(K4A) and the Artificial Intelligence Lab at the “Jožef Stefan” Institute, covering countries in South-East Europe (SEE).
They plan to hold such events in different regions in subsequent years from Slovenia and neighboring countries from South-East-Europe such as: Albania, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Malta, Montenegro, Poland, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Turkey, etc in order to provide a catalyst for thinking about these issues and promoting local collaborations in this context.
The goal of this event is to bring together researchers and policy makers from both university and academia to research into methods for improving the effectiveness of video based MOOC education but also promote discussion of the implications of MOOCs and new edutech trends for classical university education, especially in the South-East European region. They are keen to promote discussion and research into what new technology can contribute to effective online learning.
They would like to promote, clarify, identify and define how emerging technologies based on artificial intelligence (AI) and computer human interaction (CHI) tools, machine learning, machine translation, user analytics, automatic assessment, visualization, social collaboration and more can change and help create new trends in education.
More specifically how will these technologies change and influence today’s traditions in Academic publishing, syllabus, validation and certification. The aim is to form a technical and investigative think-tank of participants to debate and discuss these issues which in the future will affect all educational levels. The theme and goals of the Internet of Education 2013 are very well articulated with UNESCO’s vision and actions therefore the conference has been granted UNESCO patronage.
Knowledge 4 All Foundation Ltd (K4A) and the Artificial Intelligence Lab at the “Jožef Stefan” Institute are also the organizers of OCWC 2014 with its main theme “Open Education for a Multicultural World”.
John Shawe-Taylor, Conference Chair
Davor Orlic, Co-Chair
Yvonne Rogers, Co-Chair
Richard Noss, Co-Chair
Mitja Jermol, Co-Chair
Andrej Pavleti?, Co-Chair
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