World Congress 2023 – Collective Intelligence
EfVET attended the World Congress 2023 hosted by Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) and the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics (WFCP), from 23 to 25 April in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, with the theme Collective Intelligence.
The World Congress is one of the largest events of its kind, bringing together postsecondary leaders from around the world to discuss, share, and expand collective intelligence. Over 1300 participants and 100+ speakers gathered to reflect, discuss, share and network, all aiming to better advocate, build capacity and drive knowledge to address issues and explore innovative solutions for the post-secondary professional and technical and vocational education and training (TVET) sector, in Canada and around the world.
The Congress was opened with three keynotes speakers. Denise Amyot (President and CEO of Colleges and Institutes Canada) opened her last conference before retirement, while Dr Farah Alibay (NASA aerospace engineer) shared her personal journey and highlighted the importance of representation in education, and the necessity of taking risks to achieve goals. Lastly, Wesley Hall shared his personal journey by reminding the participants that individuals and institutions can achieve a number of goals when individual potential is not underestimated, and college and institute education is valued.
Furthermore, EfVET’s President Prof Joachim James Calleja joined a panel discussion on sustainable future with Denise Amyot and Jefferson Azevedo. The panel discussion focused on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a blueprint for collaboration and creating positive change. SDGs are a global call to action for countries, communities, and higher education institutions to come together to co-create solutions to fundamental challenges (poverty, hunger, inequality, and climate change) faced by the global community, and to lay groundwork for a long-term equitable, peaceful, and prosperous future.
The World Congress was a unique opportunity to share and review education good practices. It allowed the participants to take ideas back home and improve the quality of teaching and learning across the world.