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  • What is Competence?

  • 09.Mar
  • Background
  • Developments in science and technology have brought rapid changes to the world, and such changes have deeply affected every facet of society – the economy, culture, environment and communication. Today, the nearly instantaneous transmission of data and services across the globe has changed the way commerce is done. Similarly, but to a lesser extent, these [...]

  • 09.Mar
  • COMPETENCE Framework
  • COMPETENCE organised a Regional Experts’ Meeting to Develop a Framework for Science Education in the Context of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in Yogyakarta on 18-19 May 2010 to develop a framework for science education in the context of sustainable development that would, through a stakeholder consultation process, guide the development of regional and national projects in [...]

  • 09.Mar
  • Developers’ Guide for Sustainable Development Course
  • Once the COMPETENCE framework had been developed, a Developers’ Guide was created for both new academic staff and experienced staff who are unfamiliar with the delivery of on-line education programmes. The Developers’ Guide contains the following recommendations to ensure that the UNESCO ESD programme is sustainable and establishes a reputation for teaching and learning quality [...]

  • Model Interdisciplinary Science Course

  • 09.Mar
  • Sustainability Science
  • The Sustainability Science course  provides a model for sustainability education for higher educational and governmental institutions. The course presents a comprehensive framework for sustainability, covering concepts, sustainable resource use (energy, water, food, materials, etc), institutions, economy, social capital and human capital. Experts Meeting Program (download) Contents Archive The  Sustainability Science Course was delivered through a series [...]

  • 09.Mar
  • Energy for Sustainable Development in Asia
  • Regional energy experts from SEEForum (Sustainable Energy and Environment Forum) and Kyoto University, Japan, created a multi- and interdisciplinary higher education energy course that covered a broad range of sustainable development issues. The content combines renewable energy technologies with energy policy, environmental and social issues including climate change, gender and energy equity and energy ethics. [...]

  • 09.Mar
  • Water Resource Management (IHP course)
  • The International Hydrological Programme (IHP), UNESCO’s intergovernmental scientific cooperative programme on water resources, is a vehicle through which Member States can upgrade their knowledge of the water cycle and thereby increase their capacity to better manage and develop their water resources. The programme aims to improve the scientific and technological basis for the development of [...]

  • 09.Mar
  • Disaster Management
  • Implementation plan is being developed. Contact: Ardito Kodijat  a.kodijat[at]unesco.org

  • 09.Mar
  • Grassroots Technology
  • The development of an e-learning course on grassroots innovation management was pursued as a sub-project under the Comprehensive Approach to Strengthening Science and Technology Literacy in Asia project, funded by the Japan Funds-in-Trust. The project aimed to promote a cooperative effort to make available various tools and resources for human resource development in the fields [...]

  • In-country Pilot Project

  • 20.Mar
  • Timor Leste
  • The state of science higher education in Timor Leste was reviewed, and a comprehensive assessment report was produced. “Eleven years after the near-complete destruction of the educational infrastructure in Timor Leste (“Timor” hereafter), most students are in schools most days of the week. But they are learning for fewer hours than their international peers and [...]

  • 19.Mar
  • Bangladesh
  • COMPETENCE assessed the situation in Bangladesh with a view to establishing the principles and framework for a regional collaboration on ESD programmes in science, technology and engineering education. “…The high density of population struggling against poverty, a low resource base and natural disasters make it urgently necessary here to reconcile environmental and economic concerns in [...]

  • 18.Mar
  • Cambodia
  • A Science and Technology Policy Review paper has been prepared for the Department of Scientific Research of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport (MoEYS) Cambodia. The paper reviewed the current status of Cambodia’s science and technology (S&T) policies and policies for science, technology and mathematics education. The paper also reviewed the role of MoEYS [...]

  • 17.Mar
  • Philippines
  • PROPOSED PROJECT FOR PHILIPPINES Promoting Innovation and Technology for Sustainable Development and Social Inclusion in the Bicol Region UNESCO will provide technical advice to local government units in the Bicol Region of the Philippines on elaborating or revising local policies on science and technology, with a focus on social inclusive policies. The aim of this [...]

  • 08.Mar
  • Mongolia
  • PROPOSED PROJECT FOR MONGOLIA Mongolia – Promoting Science and Technology Innovation for Sustainable Development in Higher Education of Mongolia – A Pilot Case with National Development and Innovation Committee (NDIC) and Mongolian University of Science and Technology (MUST) Throughout the world, modern economies have developed by fostering and utilizing the intellectual capacity of their societies to [...]

  • Mobilizing Knowledge and Expertise

  • 02.Aug
  • Collaboration with FEIAP to Improve the Standard of Engineering Qualifications
  • Federation of Engineering Institutions of Asia and the Pacific (FEIAP) and UNESCO, Jakarta are working together to raise the standard of engineering qualifications in universities and institutions of tertiary education in association with the engineering bodies. UNESCO is working with FEIAP to support and improve the FEIAP engineering education guidelines in the region. UNESCO will actively explore a MasterClass under the Connect-Asia initiative for creating wider awareness for the standardization of engineering qualifications.

  • 09.Mar
  • CONNECT-Asia ICT Network
  • The ICT network – SOI Asia Network, CONNECT-Asia, APAN (Asia Pacific Advanced Network) and TEIN (Trans Eurasian Information Network) – is the main technology platform for the delivery of the e-learning courses and for the dissemination of COMPETENCE outcomes. As ICT network infrastructure has developed in the Asia-Pacific region, the priority has shifted from technology-driven [...]

  • 09.Mar
  • Timor Leste – SOI Asia
  • UNTL (National University of Timor Leste) has joined the SOI Asia Distance Learning Community. In so doing, UNTL will be able to improve its human resource capacity by taking advantage of the SOI Asia distance learning platform to access and share knowledge with all Asian universities and educational institutions. In 2010, the Institut Teknologi Sepuluh [...]

  • 09.Mar
  • SpringerLink for Timor Leste
  • SpringerLink is one of the world’s leading and most complete online information services for scientific, technical and medical books and journals, and is now available not only to UNTL faculty and students but also to all universities and research institutions in Timor Leste through UNESCO’s COMPETENCE programme. A workshop on the SpringerLink Online Library was held [...]

  • Towards Green Society

  • 09.Mar
  • CONNECTivity Event
  • UNESCO, SOI Asia, INHERENT and CONNECT-Asia organized an online seminar hosted by Indonesia’s Directorate General of Higher Education (DIKTI) on building green societies. The seminar, held on November 25, 2011,  brought together prominent experts in their fields and participants worldwide through National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) and other ICT networks. The experts included Jeffrey [...]

  • 09.Mar
  • AGORAsia
  • AGORAsia is an online environment where university students, lecturers and others gather to listen, discuss, create and share knowledge, from Asia to the world. The name ‘AGORAsia’ is derived from two words: ‘Agora,’ meaning a public place of assembly in ancient Greek, and ‘Asia,’ representing the origin of this project. This series of lectures and [...]

  • 08.Mar
  • AGORAsia Youth
  • The first edition of AGORAsia Youth encouraged high schools students in Asia to think, reflect and discuss about one of most challenging global issues: Energy. United Nations declared 2012 as the Year of Sustainable Energy for All, in order to “raise awareness about the importance of increasing access to energy, energy efficiency and renewable energy.” [...]

  • About COMPETENCE

    COMPETENCE focuses on rethinking science educationby putting it in the context of Sustainable Development, and introduces innovations into the teaching of science, technology, engineering and energy in higher institutions of learning and research and development bodies in Asia and the Pacific to make it a more effective tool to build their knowledge, skills and attitudes for sustainable living.