Bali to Host 10th World Education Congress

The Udayana University in Denpasar, Bali, is set to host the 10th World Education Congress, a meeting for private universities around the world, on Sept. 23 and 24.

Udayana University’s Rector Prof Dr I Ketut Suastika noted in Denpasar on Wednesday that education issues faced recently by private universities would be on the agenda, and the congress would operate under the theme of “teaching to build peace.” “The congress was supposed to be held in Argentina, but the venue was changed to Bali,” he said.

According to Suastika, Bali will be the first Asian country to hold the event.

Bali was selected as a venue because many international events have been held successfully on the Hindu-majority island, which is home to a significant number of private universities, he added.

The congress expects attendance from 130 participants from 17 countries. Prominent persons, such as Indonesia’s Education and Cultural Minister M Nuh and the UNESCO envoy, are scheduled to deliver speeches at the event.

Initiated by the World Confederation of Private Education (COMEP), the first World Education Congress was held in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in 1990. Last year’s congress was hosted in Madrid, Spain.

The COMEP was established to promote the right to education that respects pluralism, to foster the development of education around the world, and to uphold and defend the human right to education in general and cultural expression.

The confederation also aims to encourage the formation of federations and associations of private entities around the world, to support the establishment and maintenance of private educational institutes, and to foster the professionalism and career development of teachers working in the private sector.

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