In keeping with the pace of economic integration and accelerating globalization over the past decade, needs for quality education and innovative Human Resources Development (HRD) have increased on societal, national and international level. Moreover, the Fourth Industrial Revolution is changing the nature of jobs, which may result in declined employment in some areas.
To cope with such challenges, APEC economies have been steadily developing education policy and curriculum as well as accumulating innovative experiences. In this connection, there is a need among APEC economies to share innovative experiences, which have been instrumental in providing tangible achievements. EDNET’s 2017 Education Strategy has made educational innovation a major goal. In order to enhance this goal, the Republic of Korea seeks to initiate the APEC Community for Education Innovation: Joint Research and Implementation to Enhance Innovative Practices in Education and HRD (APEC CEDI). APEC CEDI will serve as a forum for member economies to conduct joint research on promising innovative educational practices, and also to find practical application in public-private sectors.
APEC CEDI activities may include the following: 1) Joint Research between APEC member economies on promising innovative educational practices, 2) Web Portal Operation and Management, and 3) APEC CEDI Pilot Models. APEC CEDI will invite participants from private, public, and academic sectors, including innovative entrepreneurs, policy-makers, and education specialists, as recommended by member economies.
The first activity of participating economies which will be members of APEC CEDI is joint-research on innovative practices on specific topics. The topics may include the role of school education, school-to-work transition, industry-academy cooperation, job mobility, skills development for global human resources among others, which are demanded by member economies. The second activity will be the sharing of joint research results, information, and experience for implementing innovative practices. For this purpose, the APEC CEDI Web Portal may be utilized. The third activity is to design an APEC CEDI Pilot Models, which are practical education models for member economies. These models will be developed based on the joint research and experience, recent theories and innovative ideas, best practices from members and elsewhere, and other references.
APEC CEDI will be implemented according to the following timeline:
⦁ Jul. 2017: Inviting the CEDI research group for joint research
⦁ Aug. 2017: Selecting research topic
⦁ Sep. 2017: Hosting International Workshop to discuss the contents and role
⦁ Sep. 2017~May 2018: Conducting Joint Research
⦁ Spring 2018: Reporting and sharing the research result at EDNET
⦁ Jun.~Dec. 2018: Planning the CEDI Pilot Model Action Plan
⦁ Jan.~Nov. 2019: Implementing APEC CEDI Pilot Model
⦁ Dec. 2019: Evaluating and sharing the feedback
The results will collect, create, and analyze innovative education and HRD practices in APEC economies at both the micro and macro levels. APEC CEDI will narrow gaps in policy, knowledge, capabilities among members and enhance the capabilities of individuals toward the challenges of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.