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Sep 27, 2012
by Salzburg Global Seminar Staff
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Optimizing Talent

Session on ‘Closing Educational and Social Mobility Gaps Worldwide’ starts on Tuesday
Education provides an essential key to realizing true individual potential. Ideally, an equitable and effective educational system facilitates social mobility and leads to the development and increased prosperity of its citizens, and thus of societies as a whole. While great strides have been made in providing enhanced access for children and adults to quality education worldwide, substantial gaps remain.The Salzburg Global Seminar (SGS) and the Educational Testing Service (ETS), together with support from the DeVry Foundation and the Lumina Foundation, have convened a seminar series to identify where these educational and social mobility gaps still exist, what effect they have, why they persist - or even increase - with rapid economic change, and what steps can be taken to eliminate them. Starting on Tuesday, October 2, 2012, this five-day session, the third in the series, will focus on higher education and lifelong learning.
The goal of the session is to identify, develop, and refine existing and new policy strategies that enable greater social and educational mobility thereby optimizing young peoples' talent across all strata of society in a way that has the broadest benefit and deepest impact on individuals and the societies of which they are a part. Gaps in existing policies and approaches will be analyzed and discussed and recommendations for expanding successful or implementing new policies and practices will be made. Additionally, we seek to strengthen existing and develop new networks of individuals and institutions that can connect with and support one another in their common work on issues of educational access, equity, achievement, and success. Sixty top education researchers, policy makers, practitioners and advocates from over 25 countries around the world will participate in the session. Leading worldwide experts will provide input around the following themes and how they relate to optimizing talent through education:
•Economic Benefits of Increased Educational Access
•Efficiency, Affordability, and Quality
•Portability, Mobility, and Transferability of Knowledge, Skills, Degrees, and Educational Systems
•Transformative Financial Models and Online Learning
•Policy Practices to Increase Access and Success
While the discussions are taking place at Schloss Leopoldskron, updates will be posted online on the Seminar’s website, social media platforms, and other media outlets. We encourage those who cannot be physically present to engage in the conversations.
For session updates and coverage, please visit or follow: Our websiteOur website www.salzburgglobal.org
On our homepage, you will find daily content from the Seminar’s communications team and session rapporteurs, Gerben van Lent and Marybeth Gasman.
Session page: www.salzburgglobal.org/go/495
TwitterOur Twitter account: @salzburgglobal – www.twitter.com/salzburgglobal
Session Twitter hashtag: #SGSedu
Session Twitter list of participants: www.twitter.com/salzburgglobal/sgs-495
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FacebookOur Facebook page: www.facebook.com/SalzburgGlobal
Our Facebook photos: www.facebook.com/SalzburgGlobal/photosYouTubeOur YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/salzburgseminar
Video playlist of 2011 session: http://www.SalzburgGlobal.org/go/486videosSession materials, including audio lectures, podcast interviews, and session papers will be made available after the session closes on Sunday, October 7. (Materials from last year’s session are available here: www.salzburgglobal.org/go/486)The ‘Optimizing Talent: Closing Educational and Social Mobility Gaps Worldwide’ series is part of the Salzburg Global Seminar’s wider portfolio of work on education which dates back to 1956. Current activities include the International Study Program on Global Citizenship, the Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change, as well as the Seminar’s support of the Austrian branch of the 'Teach for All' initiative, 'Teach for Austria'.