[EV06-ICT] ICTs for Professional Education in Developing Countries

DAY 2 – Tuesday 3 May – 14:00-15:30
Swiss Tech | Room 3B | Level Garden

Moderator | Summary | Panelists



Eric Gerelle
IBEX Project Services, Switzerland

Eric Gerelle is an international consultant and has worked with UN agencies, donor organizations, multi-national corporations and universities. He is leading the Microinsurance Initiative for the Yverdon Insurance Consortium, supporting capacity building and access to information technology in microinsurance projects. His published works include papers in the areas of Industrial Automation, Production Management and a book on Computer Integrated Manufacturing. Eric Gerelle earned a BA in Physics from Oxford University and a PhD from Kansas State University in Mathematics and was awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Mathematics Department of Kansas State University.



The need for professional education in developing countries is in constant progression as economies grow and societies evolve. Professional education modes, tools, and techniques are rapidly changing, with a number of innovations linked to the development of Internet and mobile technologies.

The evolution in information communication technologies (ICTs) has resulted in the rise of new education modalities (distance or blended learning, online courses, etc.), and the development of a variety of tools (eLearning, MOOCs, etc.). Dispensing with constraints of time and place, internet-based solutions offer an incomparable opportunity for large scale, flexible and cheap knowledge-sharing and capacity building initiatives, which can be tailored to developing countries. The objective of this session is to identify the main challenges faced by developing countries in professional education and to review a panorama of innovative ICT solutions that could reply to those needs.

Presentations will show both the demand and offer aspects in the field of professional education in developing countries, namely the needs and the innovative tools available (eLearning, MOOCs, Simulations, Serious Games, e-Mentoring, etc.). The ensuing discussion will focus on designing a double-entry matrix of educational needs on one hand, and ICT educational solutions on the other hand. This will allow us to evaluate any matches, and point out the gaps.

To summarize, the objectives for this session are threefold:

  • To present the latest developments in ICT-supported educational tools and solutions to education providers in developing countries;
  • To show the critical educational needs and constraints of e-Education tools and services in developing countries;
  • To initiate and favor dialog and cooperation between the two communities, to orientate research and development towards delivering adapted and effective solutions.

Participants are encouraged to take advantage of this session to establish contacts and collaborations with a view to building and delivering effective ICT-based educational solutions with social impact in developing countries.