“Digitalization of educational governance and governance of digital education,” a forum on the sidelines of the 2024 World Digital Education Conference (WDEC), was held in Shanghai Jan. 31. Chen Jie, Vice Minister of Education and Chair of the Chinese National Commission for UNESCO, attended the seminar and delivered a speech.
Chen noted that the rapid development of digital technology has brought unprecedented challenges and opportunities to education globally, changing educational philosophies, models, and paradigms in a profound way. He said that the Chinese government attaches great importance to the digitalization of educational governance and governance of digital education. Chen also noted that various measures have been taken to prevent potential risks associated with digital technology. These measures include issuing Regulations on Generative Artificial Intelligence Services, which stresses the principle of facilitating innovation on par with facilitating governance to ensure that development and safety are given equal consideration; supporting collaboration between education and research institutions on technological innovation, infrastructure, application, and risk prevention; establishing the Expert Advisory Committee on Digital Education and the AI Ethics Committee; and developing regulations on digital educational applications.
Chen added that China hopes to work with other countries to explore and develop science-based rules and standards on digital education so as to ensure its equity and universal inclusiveness.
The seminar was jointly organized by the Teacher Education Center under the auspices of UNESCO (Shanghai) and the UNESCO Chair on Artificial Intelligence in Education (Beijing). Over 200 participants attended, including ministerial representatives from Angola and Uzbekistan; representatives from UNESCO, the World Bank, UNICEF and other international organizations; and representatives from governments, universities, and companies. The attendees discussed issues such as practices and innovation, participation and action of multiple parties, and challenges and cooperation in the field of digital education governance, as well as quality assurance and mutual recognition of diplomas in the digital era.