We are sorry to announce that GNDE  in Innsbruck, May 2020, needs to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Stay healthy and all the best! Prof Wolfgang Stadler and Prof Irma Eloff 


24-27 May 2020


Strategic Workshop

Venue: Claudiana, Herzog-Friedrich-Straße 3 (1st floor) in the Old Town


The Essential Role of Faculties of Education in Serving Students, Communities, States, Countries and the Global Community


GNDE: A network of networks promoting education & serving Deans of Education


Date Time  


24 May 2020   Arrival and check-in
Innsbruck, Austria
25 May 2020
Morning session
from 8 a.m. Registration
  9 a.m. Welcome by the Rector, Univ.-Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Tilmann Märk, the Vice Rector for Student Affairs and Teaching, Univ.-Prof. Dr. Bernhard Fügenschuh, and the Dean of the Faculty of Teacher Education, Univ.-Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Stadler, MA, University of Innsbruck
  9.15 a.m. Opening of GNDE Innsbruck and Introduction of the GNDE Steering Committee members:
Prof Irma Eloff (Interim Chair: Global Network of Deans of Education)
  9.30 a.m. Keynote address: Dr Edem Adubra Former-Head: International Task Force on Teachers for Education 2030; UNESCO
  10.30 a.m. Coffee break
  11 a.m. Presentation: Professor A. Lin Goodwin
Dean of Education (University of Hong Kong)
  11.30 a.m. Connecting people and ideas to close the teacher gap:  Professor James O’Meara, President International Council on Education for Teaching (ICET)
  1 p.m. Lunch (buffet in Claudiana)
Afternoon session 2 p.m. ‘The global challenges and opportunities of teacher education’ – World region Panel discussion
Presidents of National Deans networks and Deans of Education from North America, Canada, Australia & Oceania, Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin-America & the Caribbean, the Middle East and South America.
Facilitated by: Prof Michael Owen, Dean of Education, Brock University
  3.30 p.m. Coffee break
    Free time to enjoy in Innsbruck
26 May 2020
Morning session
9 a.m. Plenary and interactive session (all delegates)
‘Planning for the future: Solutions for Supporting SDG4’
Interactive planning session for innovative solutions in teacher education: ‘The role of Faculties of Education in sustainable development for quality education’
  10.30 a.m. Coffee break
  11 a.m. Presenting the Global Network of Deans of Education position paper (Douglas McCall, Executive Director
International School Health Network)
  1 p.m. Lunch break (free time)
Afternoon session 2.30 p.m. Keynote address: Professor LOW Ee Ling, Dean of Teacher Education (National Institute of Education, Singapore)
  3.30 p.m. Closing session
  tbc Reception and conference dinner hosted by the Mayor of Innsbruck
27 May 2020
Morning session
  9 a.m. Keynote address: Lynn M. Gangone Ed.D. 
President and Chief Executive Officer, American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), 1307 New York Avenue, NW | Washington, DC 20005
  10.30 a.m. Coffee break
  11 a.m. Panel: Presentations on Global Education Initiatives
  12.30 a.m. The way forward
  1 p.m. Lunch (buffet in Claudiana)

 The final programme will be updated on the website for the event.


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