Explore Transitions in Higher Education at the LearningPlanet Festival 2023


As centres of learning, innovation, and problem-solving, universities have a unique position and responsibility to respond to existential crises, such as the fundamental threats to the health of our planet. They are THE ideal places to co-create new knowledge, to inspire young generations to equip us for the future and to adapt to critical transitions towards a healthy, sustainable planet. We need evidence-based knowledge created by students, researchers and teachers to tackle, and propose alternatives. 

This year the LearningPlanet Festival welcomes a number of initiatives exploring the future of higher education across the world.  Discover a selection below!

Critical Transitions in Higher Education for Planetary Health, 25 January 17:00-18:30 CET

Organised by he Transitions in Higher Education Circle, co-led by University Design Institute at Arizona State University, Learning Planet Institute and Dartington Trust.
– Hear ‘inspirations’ sourced from members of the Circle across three critical areas for universities towards planetary health: transforming teaching, research and operations, 
– engaging with local communities, and
–  leveraging student voices.  
This is hosted by the Transitions in Higher Education Circle, bringing 20+ organisations together to collect their key insights, questions and recommendations for the transitions of Higher Education, across sustainability, interdisciplinarity, civic engagement and more.
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Internationalisation of Higher Education: Imagining New Ways of Teaching and Learning 23-27 January (Hybrid)

Organised by Circle U. Alliance
The Circle U. National Conference aims to gather experiences and/or reflections that affirm the link between the internationalisation of universities and pedagogical innovation. The role of pedagogical innovation in the future of higher education is considered crucial within the Circle U. European University and is at the heart of the alliance’s Think and Do Tank mission.
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Youth Talks – Lead the Educational revolution! January 24, 14:00 – 14:30 CET

Organised by Higher Education For Good Foundation – Youth Talks
We are implementing a series of initiatives that allow us to rethink tomorrow’s education models, starting with “Youth Talks”. Our workshop gives you the floor through an online interactive platform! If you want to start changing things in education, take this opportunity to ask yourself questions about our future and express yourself freely about your expectations, your ambitions, and the role you want to play.
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Students & Educators: Co-Constructing a Transformative Education System, January 24 13:00-14:30 CET

Organised by Global Students Forum 
This session is held in partnership between educators and student representatives from the Global Student Forum and Education International, to describe when they have engaged in collaborative processes, to support educational governance and democratic citizenship.
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The WISE Network, Mondragón Team Academy Case Study January 25, 18:00-19:00 CET

Organised by The Wellbeing Project
The Wellbeing, Innovation, and Social Change in Education (WISE) Network is a coalition of richly diverse, leading higher education institutions and organizations that are committed to catalyzing a culture of inner wellbeing within the social change education field. The question we exist to collectively answer is, “How do we educate the emerging generation of global leaders and changemakers in a way that centers wellbeing and flourishing for all?”
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The Students’ Panel on Transformative Education and Climate Justice, January 25, 12:00-14:00 CET

All-africa Students Union
The session bring together regional, national and local student unions and leaders. The session will provide a unique opportunity for different multilateral organizations and CSOs to interact with student unions from different parts of the world. The session would also include Regional and National Student Unions’ presentations on emerging projects and innovations in education and climate.
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Education, Sustainability, and Global Futures Visioning Session, January 26 16:00-17:00 CET

Organised by Arizona State University
Join us to co-design a vision for an academic degree program that would fundamentally change the role of education in addressing the ecological crisis. The Learning Planet Institute and Arizona State University are mobilizing forces, networks, and expertise to build a program that would help transform our passion for global ecological justice into impactful education careers necessary for shaping planetary futures in which both the planet and people can survive and thrive. This is one of many sessions happening online and in person, hosted by ASU (discover more here). 
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Build a Transformative Practice with the “Yes And” Higher Education Network, January 28, 17:00 PM – 19:30 PM EST

Organised by Yes And” Higher Education Network
“I felt limited in my teaching before, with the Yes And Higher Ed network I feel more freedom…I feel stronger and more important as a teacher – not as overwhelmed by others’ expectations.” Chiharu Yuge, Educator in Japan
In this free introductory workshop we invite you to meet and play with The “Yes And” Higher Ed Network, an international and interdisciplinary community of educators experimenting with and creating new approaches to teaching and learning. The network brings playfulness into educational settings to support ourselves and our students to learn, grow, and develop. As a group, we are utilizing theatrical improvisation as a tool for creating growthful and inclusive learning environments.
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