On March 24th, 2023, KNOU hosted the UNESCO UNITWIN Kick-off Webinar with UNITWIN Network members: Hanoi Open University (Vietnam), Tribhuvan University (Nepal), Open University Malaysia (Malaysia) and Mongolian University of Science and Technology (Mongolia).
A total of 23 members attended the webinar including Prof. Sohn Kyoung Woo, Director of Office of Int’l Affairs, 7 of the project leaders and co-leaders from KNOU, 11 of the UNITWIN Network members, Dr. Yang Chang Yeul, Team Head of Office of Int’l Affairs and 3 staff members from the Office of Int’l Affairs at KNOU.
Beginning with the 2023 UNESCO-UNITWIN workshop for the KNOU researchers in the morning, Dr. Yang, Chang Yeul, Head of Team in the Office of Int’l Affairs at KNOU, shared an annual plan for UNESCO UNITWIN projects in 2023 focusing on invited trainings at KNOU, students’ trainings in each network institution, 2023 Working Group Seminar and gave further details for the year.
Followed by the 2023 plan, a country report on 2022 UNITIWN activities were presented by researchers from UNITWIN network institutions; Prof. Dinh Tuan Long (HOU), Prof. Harvinder K. D. Singh (OUM), Prof. Ganga Ram Gautam (TU) and Prof. Narantsetseg Yadmaa (MUST).
After the presentations, each project team separately had a group discussion session during the webinar to discuss the plan for the year. As a continuation from the previous session, each project leader gave presentations on this year’s plan for each project.
To conclude, Dr. Yang, Chang Yeul, Head of Team in the Office of Int’l Affairs at KNOU, wrapped up the webinar by inviting the UNITWIN Network cooperation with 3 main things: to participate the 2023 Invited Training at KNOU, to host 2023 Working Group Seminar among the UNITWIN Network members and to extend the onsite trainings at each institution successfully.
The University Twinning and Networking (UNITWIN) program was launched in 1992 at the 26th session of UNESCO General Conference with the aim of promoting international inter-university cooperation and networking to enhance institutional capacities through knowledge sharing and collaborative work. In 2017, KNOU was appointed as the host institution. The network aims at sharing knowledge and experiences of distance education in higher education.