The annual conference of WCCI is held the second time in Hungary since 2010, with this year’s venues including the House of Parliament, NUPS and the Flamenco Conference Hotel. The aim of the event is to provide a forum of academic dialogue on public education which examines global developments in a holistic way including social, economic and environmental aspects. Accordingly, the organizers of the conference believe in educating global citizens who consider the faith of our globe, stand for democratic values and are capable of making responsible decisions aimed at peaceful future.
In his opening speech, Miklós Réthelyi, chair of UNESCO’s Hungarian national committee emphasized the enormous responsibility education represents, as it affects families, local communities, nations and the entire world. Therefore, education is related to the public good and has an important effect on society.
Federico Mayor Zaragoza, former Director-General of UNESCO stressed that education represents the solution to most of the world’s problems, being the solution to poverty and to the environmental challenges as well. Nevertheless, it is also important to act in time, as soon as possible, or else these it will be too late to solve these global challenges. The former UN official highlighted that when seeking the solutions, we should always follow democratic principles.
József Bódis, Rector of the University of Pécs added that the conference highly relevant due to all the challenges our societies face.
Police BG Gábor Kovács, Vice-Rector for Education at NUPS emphasized the importance of serving the public good for which NUPS graduates work as well. The university prepares the students to be global citizens and to examine challenges in a wider context. Vice-Rector Kovács highlighted that NUPS is a university of cooperation with the intention to base the education of next generation public servants on cultural dialogue, mutual understanding and international partnerships. The Vice-Rector reminded that only open and perfectly prepared experts can serve the public good.
In her welcome, Jessica Kimmel, President of WCCI reminded that through their students lecturers educate communities as well and should not forget to serve as examples. In addition, President Kimmel highlighted the significance of exchanging experiences and establishing networks.
Lóránt Bencze, Director of the Hungarian Language Strategy Institute spoke about the importance of the mother tongue, reminding that it escorts us in our entire lives while we consider it to be as evident as air.
Due to its position within the international community, one of the main highlights of WCCI global conference is the UN Section. This year, the UN Section is held in the Upper Chamber of the House of Parliament on 14 July 2016, and is opened by Dr. László Palkovics, State Secretary for Higher Education. The plenary speaker of the section is UN Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury, former Under-Secretary-General of the UN.
The international organization of the World Council for Curriculum and Instruction (WCCI) was established in 1970, primarily focusing on issues of education. In the last 45 years, the organization’s focus steadily expanded with the areas of HR development, while WCCI continuingly emphasizing the importance of such basic human values as peace and international cooperation, the coexistence of cultures and inter-cultural communication.
The event has been supported by the European Union, co-financed by the European Social Fund, in the "KÖFOP-2.1.2-VEKOP-15-2016-00001 - Public Service Development Establishing Good Governance" tender.