Lifelong learning, learning cities and smart cities

Thursday 2 December 2021
9:00 - 10:30 (GMT)
Online (via Zoom)

UBDC's Professor Mike Osborne will take part in a panel session on 'insights on learning and training for livable cities' at this Asian Development Bank (ADB) and UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) webinar.

It will present the recently published ADB book ‘Powering a Learning Society During an Age of Disruption’, with contributions from policy-makers, practitioners, and researchers. The book emphasizes the need to build learning societies and engage many stakeholders for sustainable development and lifelong learning. How to realize this in urban areas and specifically in learning cities is the topic of a contribution by UIL in the publication.

A learning city seeks to offer a range of lifelong learning opportunities through different actors, whether local governments, institutions or communities. A learning city promotes education and learning opportunities for all, young or old, in formal or non-formal settings and particularly reaching the disadvantaged and vulnerable.

With the rise of disruptive technologies, smart cities aim to put technology to work for the benefit of citizens. On the one hand, smart education is a component in smart city development, incorporating elements of e-learning infrastructure, digital tools and innovations through education technologies. On the other, smart city development requires education systems attuned to the needs of a skilled and educated workforce.

This joint webinar will explore the importance of lifelong learning, the gains made in learning cities and smart cities and the contemporary role of education and skills development in the context of urban areas. As digitalization gathers pace, it is important to ensure equity and inclusion while putting the best of technology to work to improve education. The webinar will unpack the interconnections between education and other components that make up smart and livable cities and serve the future needs of economies and societies.