DECENT was proud to attend the International Conference for Sustainable Development in Higher Education in conjunction with the 2nd UNPRME Colloquium in Higher Education on the 5th of May, 2017 in Hong Kong.
The conference was organized by the Centre for Corporate Sustainability and Innovations (CCSI) and Hang Seng Management College (HSMC) in Hong Kong and co-organized by the Asia-Pacific Programme of Educational Innovation for Development (APEID) and UNESCO. In addition, the conference was well supported by United Nations Principles for Responsible Management (UNPRME).
Opening and closing remarks, as well as moderation throughout the conference, were eloquently provided by Dr. Shirley Yeung, the Director of Centre for Corporate Sustainability and Innovations and Assistant Professor of Supply Chain and Information Management Department at Hang Seng Management College.
Dr. Yeung gave way for distinguished professionals from 7 different countries around the world to give speeches and participate in panel discussions on various topics addressing sustainable development challenges and providing best practice solutions for the future.
DECENT’s very own Founder and CEO and Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board of Blockchain R&D Hub, Matej Michalko presented the theme “Blockchain Technology for Sustainable Development in Higher Education”, where he discussed how blockchain can be used in academia to simplify and improve the security and trust of information.
Mr. Bernard Lee, the Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer at Perdoco Limited, a company dedicated to designing academic activities for students to discover Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics contributed his ideas pertaining to the theme “From Community, Behavior to Cold Chain and Learning Sites” and participated in a panel discussion about those themes alongside Mr. Michalko.
Other panelists and speakers provided their expert insights on a number of pressing topics such as the trends and usage of technology in curriculum design, responsible management including sustainable green learning environments, the importance of growing creative cultural industries, green learning and holistic approaches for sustainable development.
Perhaps one of the most important demonstrations of the afternoon was the student voice session in which higher education students actively participated in discussions on sustainable development and sighted notable references from themes presented throughout the conference.
Getting students involved in this conference and allowing them to showcase their knowledge of sustainable development was a major step in the right direction to gain global awareness. Some students even received cash rewards for their innovative contributions.
Mr. Michalko and the rest of the DECENT team are grateful to have participated in the International Conference for Sustainable Development and to contribute to spreading awareness of the innovative technologies and methods in which communities from around the world are finding new ways to create a sustainable development for the future.
It seems our gratitude and appreciation is reciprocated!
Additionally, we are thrilled to have Mr. Michalko and DECENT mentioned in a UNPRME press release about the conference.