Unesco chair post renewed

A Unesco Chair in Open Education Resources, established at Otago Polytechnic in 2013, has been renewed for another four years because of its "good results".

Confirmation of the renewal came from the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco), in a February 1 letter, tabled at yesterday’s meeting of the governing Otago Polytechnic Council.

The post, which helps promote open and accessible education, has been renewed until October 2021.

Dr Wayne Mackintosh, who holds the chair, has earlier explained that students throughout the world could study "world-class courses for free and count them towards real qualifications".

This internet-linked study was co-ordinated by the Open Education Resource Foundation, which was founded and headquartered at Otago Polytechnic, he said.

The Unesco letter invited Dr Mackintosh to contact a Unesco programme specialist to "explore further possible co-operation".

A report discussed at the meeting noted polytechnic chief executive Phil Ker  was the Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics sector representative on the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics.


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