The Diponegoro University Ranking Office in collaboration with the Asian Development Bank held the Undip-ADB International Webinar Series 2020. Still in the series of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Webinars, the theme raised in this International Webinar was “Future Education, Sustainable Cities and SDGs”. The speakers who attended this event were experts in their respective fields who came from various countries.

The event was opened with remarks from Prof. Budi Setiyono, S. Sos., M.Pol.Admin., PhD as Vice Rector for Academic and Student Affairs, Diponegoro University. In his remarks he stated that Diponegoro University is committed to support all activities that supports the achievement of SDGs goals. The event then continued with an introduction from Dr. Bambang Susantono who served as Vice President of the Asian Development Bank. He conveyed several problems faced by the world today related to the learning and urban management system that will be discussed in this webinar, i.e.: How does technology ensure learning for all and can bridge the needs and availability of different skills?; How can education support SDGs to help the country become prosperous and happy?; How can cities responds better to the future of education and what impact will this have on urban planning and management?

There were four experts invited to be speakers in this International Webinar. The first speaker was Dr. Brajesh Panth, Chief of Education Sector of ADB; with the theme “The Future of Education in Asia and the Pacific”. The second speaker was Dr. Wiwandari Handayani, Center of Urban and Regional Resilience Research (CURE) of Diponegoro University; with the theme “Critical Aspects for Achieving Goals 4 and 11 of SDGs in Indonesia”. Then continued with the theme “Education for Gross National Happiness in Bhutan” delivered by Dr. Kanokpan Lao-Araya, Country Director for Bhutan, ADB. The next theme of the discussion was “Towards Sustainable Cities: Bringing Planning and Education Closer” discussed by Dr. Ashok Das from the University of Hawaii, USA. The moderator guiding the program was Prof. Imam Buchori from Diponegoro University.

The discussion on this webinar is very interactive and there were lots of questions asked by participants who participated via zoom and YouTube live. The number of participants who took part in the Webinar was around 4500 people from 23 countries such as Australia, Belgium, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Gambia, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, South Korea, Malaysia, Netherlands, Philippines, Poland , Sudan, Tanzania, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, United States, United Kingdom.

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