26th ICDE World Conference – a complete success!

The 26th ICDE World Conference, hosted by the University of South Africa (UNISA), took place at Sun City in South Africa from 14 to 16 October 2015 under the theme ‘growing capacities for sustainable distance e-learning provision.’

The conference, attended by nearly 1,000 participants from 67 countries across the globe, was a ‘three in one’ event. Three events ran at the same time – the world conference itself, the ICDE Presidents’ Summit and the High Level Policy Forum.


How online, open and flexible support learning will support a sustainable future - a call for action

High Level Policy Forum, Pretoria, 17 October 2015

News release from the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE), UNESCO, Commonwealth of Learning (COL), Open Education Consortium (OEC) and the University of South Africa (UNISA).


Winners of the ICDE Prize of Excellence

The African Virtual University, Nigerian higher education leader Olugbemiro Jegede and Russian academic Irina Smirnova (Head of the department for international projects at Moscow State University of Economics, Statistics and Informatics) were awarded the ICDE Prize of Excellence for outstanding achievements in online, open and flexible education.

The prize giving ceremony was led by ICDE Secretary General Gard Titlestad, and held during the closing ceremony of the 26th ICDE World Conference in South Africa. The prizes were awarded by ICDE President Tian Belawati.

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