What are We Learning for?
Higher Education and Preparing for Ethical Leadership

About this event

It cannot be underscored that the world of learning is currently under full mutation. The pandemic has brought barely concealed realities to the surface. Education is a matter of justice: access to and quality of education are unevenly distributed. Financial resources, gender, ethnicity, and location widely determine the opportunities for education from the primary to the tertiary levels. UNESCO’s World Inequality Database on Education provides incisive data on the societal and economic rifts impacting educational opportunities, to which ethical reflection can provide meaningful avenues for solutions.

There is, however, a complementary and fascinating array of dimensions of learning and education on which the webinars will help shed light. Why do we learn and what enables us to learn? How can tailored education programmes serve underrepresented groups, the preservation of endangered languages or the empowerment of marginalised populations? Last, but not least, how can learning and education unleash the potential for societal innovation and transformation?

The first Blue Table Webinar of 2023 will look at higher education and the preparation for ethical leadership - considering a wide range of interrogations from the concept of higher education in response to contemporary societal challenges, to learning contents and methodologies, to values-driven aspects of equity, inclusion, diversity and sustainability, and more.


When29 March 2023
15:00-16:00 CEST
Language English


Ebba Ossiannilsson

Ebba Ossiannilsson


Professor in innovation independent consultant, expert, influencer and quality reviewer in the field of open, flexible online and distance education (OFDL). Member of the board of ICDE (International Council for Open and Distance Education) and chair of the ICDE OER Advocacy Committee, as well as serving ICDE in various other capacities. Member of ICoBC and Chair the Committee for Taxonomy and Quality Grid. She works for the European Commission, UNESCO, COL, and ITCILO.