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What kind of education enables us to cope with an interconnected world?
15 Mar 2011
A Cambridge Assessment event held at 1 Great George Street, Westminster, London, SW1

Cambridge Assessment hosted an event to investigate what an interconnected world means for education. It looked at what knowledge and skills are attractive to HE institutions and employers around the world and whether there is a common set of skills, body of knowledge, level of understanding or a mindset that enables students and countries to flourish in an interconnected world. It also considered global skills for domestic use, looking at the need for ‘home’ students to deal with the ‘globalised’ world even if they remain in one country.

Welcome address and introduction by Chair
Bene’t Steinberg, Group Director – Public Affairs – Cambridge Assessment

Curriculum around the world
A 20-minute film featuring representatives from three key world regions (US, China, India) followed by a short discussion with the audience. Speaker/Region: Dr. Thomas Cheung, Director (Assessment Development) of Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority (HKEAA) Professor Jaideep Prabhu, Cambridge Judge Business School, University of Cambridge Linda Darling-Hammond, Professor of Education at Stanford - United States of America

Video context with some work by UNESCO and the French perspective
Roger-François Gauthier, Inspector General for Administration of National Education and Research, France and a UNESCO Consultant.

Questions and discussion: Session 1
Janet Morris, Director, Communications and Customer Relations, University of Cambridge International Examinations
Interconnected World: The international learner's view. A presentation of research by University of Cambridge International Examinations into entry patterns at age 16 using IGCSE data from around the world and attitudinal research into how students in different countries view those who study mathematics.

Panel discussion
Chaired by: Simon Lebus, Group Chief Executive of Cambridge Assessment. Opening statements from Richard Partington, Senior Tutor at Churchill College at the University of Cambridge and Ann Puntis, CEO of CIE. Viewpoints from Lesley James, Director of Business Development at The RSA Academy and Paola Noli, an English teacher from Galvani school in Bologna.

A look to the future: Closing remarks
Simon Lebus, Group Chief Executive of Cambridge Assessment