18 February 2015 - Open University of Malaysia (OUM) President/Vice-Chancellor, Prof Emeritus Tan Sri Anuwar Ali, and Commonwealth of Learning (COL) President and CEO, Professor Asha Kanwar, announced that the eighth Pan-Commonwealth Forum (PCF8) will be held from 27 November - 1 December 2016. Meetings will take place at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC).
The PCF is held triennially and is designed to explore applications of open and distance learning in widening educational access, bridging the digital divide and advancing the social and economic development of communities and nations at large. “This Forum is of particular importance to Malaysia as it provides the platform for educators, researchers and experts from within the Commonwealth to debate and share ideas on ways to achieve sustainable growth with equity,” said Tan Sri Anuwar.
“Open learning is widely seen as an effective means to do so. Countries throughout the world including the Commonwealth need to undertake transformation to end poverty, create jobs and, improve livelihoods and social inclusion.”
Tan Sri Anuwar said the Forum’s theme “Open Learning: Global Transformation for Sustainable Development” will address pertinent issues at all fronts including health, human capital development, women empowerment, economic growth, technology and lifelong learning.
“I am pleased that OUM will host this important Forum,” said Professor Kanwar. “OUM is a long standing partner of the Commonwealth of Learning and has innovations to share with other members of the Commonwealth. The PCF will provide an important platform for sharing expertise and experience and lead to closer cooperation and networking with the wider Commonwealth community.”
COL will present its Excellence in Distance Education Awards to individuals who have demonstrated remarkable achievements in open, distance and technology enhanced education.