International conference in Cork to address threats from AI, Misinformation, and Climate

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The opportunities and threats posed by AI, the ongoing problem of misinformation and fake news, and the ever-present challenge posed by climate change are all topics due to be discussed at a major international conference this week.

University College Cork (UCC) will host over 50 speakers and 200 participants from over 40 countries at Global Lifelong Learning Week 2024, which is underway and will contemplate responses to a so-called “VUCA (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, Ambiguity) world”.

Leaders in education at the conference will discuss AI, in particular analysing jobs that are likely to be displaced by AI and what skills gaps will appear that can be used to upskill these displaced employees and provide employment in other areas.

Misinformation and fake news is at a critical peak, they will discuss how we can develop and identify the necessary training and skills to help people develop the critical thinking and analytical skills necessary to analyse the information around them.

The term “VUCA world” refers to the heightened levels of volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity facing us today. The delegates will be addressing how to prepare a workforce to be able to cope with these VUCA challenges through education.

Prof. Séamus O’Tuama, Director of UCC’s Adult Continuing Education (ACE), said that lifelong learning will prove to be at the centre of our collective response to these existential challenges.

“Lifelong learning is the essential paradigm through which humanity can address the huge global challenges we face today. As a species we have to learn how to adjust to new realities and collectively plot a planetary way forward. We are truly in an existential crisis, largely of our own making, which we have to solve together,” he said.

“In the Global Lifelong Learning Week we will have an unprecedented meeting of leading theorists and practitioners in lifelong learning coming from over 40 countries, representing every region of the planet. They are not coming to Cork to just share best practice. They are coming here to co-create new practice and new thinking that will animate and enable people everywhere to become the kind of creative, active, learners that can imagine ways in which we can live more sustainably from the local to the global level,” Prof. O’Tuama said.

The week includes the ASEM LLL Hub Conference (May 27-29) and the eucen Conference (May 29-31) and will see representatives from UNESCO, the European Commission, the Department of Foreign Affairs and the South East Asian Ministers for Education Organisation in attendance.

The theme, “University Lifelong Learning: Leading Positive Change in Challenging Times,” highlights the crucial role of continuous education in societal resilience and adaptability.

For more information, visit https://asemlllhub.org/global-lifelong-learning-week/


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Cork University Business School (CUBS), UCC is Ireland’s largest business school, we produce 1,000 graduates annually, many of whom go on to reach the highest echelons of organisations across the world and create real world impact. Adopting a research led and practice informed approach, CUBS offers a high-quality student learning environment that delivers talent pipelines to transform the future of organisations regionally, nationally and internationally.

With a proud heritage dating back over a century, business education in UCC is undergoing a rebirth since our unprecedented investment in 16 new professors to launch the business school in 2015. Committed to lifelong learning and building on our successful, AMBA accredited, Executive MBA, we acquired the FT ranked Irish Management Institute in 2016, Ireland’s largest provider of executive education, strengthening UCC’s position as a provider of whole-life learning, development, and education.

Leading on our theme “Shaping leaders for a sustainable future”, CUBS offers a fresh and bold ambition to be globally recognised for attracting, nurturing and channeling diverse talent to deliver sustainable, productive organisations which contribute positively to societal health and well-being. Seeking to attract and develop the best globally, we continually strive to offer a world-class faculty that will build our academic excellence while also reinforcing our relevance by engaging in cutting-edge research. Indicative of our bold ambition to provide a world-class educational experience, we are investing in our new business campus in Cork city centre.

Our focus is on positively shaping the world in which we live to serve future generations and transform the future of business and society. This stems from the values and skills we seek to impart in our students and the innovative research undertaken. With UCC ranked in the top 2% of universities worldwide we have ambitions to become a Triple Crown Accredited Business School, currently a ‘club’ of less than 100 schools. With highly ambitious staff and students, CUBS seeks to take its place among the leading business schools of the world. In sum, we seek to make a positive difference in individuals, business and society


Steven Galvin

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