Delegation of the University visited OECD Headquarters in Paris: Policy Experiments, Systems Thinking and Education were Key Topics

Occasion of the visit was an invitation from the Office of the OECD Secretary-General to explore areas of mutual interest for further collaboration. The visit reaffirmed the shared goal of developing new approaches to contemporary societal challenges through education and training.

A group photo with Margitta Wuelker-Mirbach, Deputy Permanent Representative of Germany’s Mission to the OECD (first from right), Martin Lees, International Advisor of the University and  Eveline Lemke, designated Chairperson of a Friends’ Association.

A group photo with Margitta Wuelker-Mirbach, Deputy Permanent Representative of Germany’s Mission to the OECD (first from right), Martin Lees, International Advisor of the University and Eveline Lemke, designated Chairperson of a Friends’ Association.

A delegation from the University of Koblenz-Landau under the leadership of University President May-Britt Kallenrode visited the headquarters of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris. The meetings with OECD Deputy Secretary General Ludger Schuhknecht and senior experts from the Directorates for Public Governance as well as Education and Skills particularly focused on the contributions the University can make at the intersection of systems thinking and education. Both sides agreed to continue their talks on advancing new approaches to contemporary societal challenges. The invitation for the visit had been extended by Ms. Gabriela Ramos, the OECD’s Chief of Staff and G20 Sherpa, to explore further collaboration.

One item in the program of the visit was the delegation’s attendance of a seminar of the NAEC Innovation LAB on policy experiments, which was given by the Chief Economist of the Bank of England, Andrew Haldane. NAEC stands for New Approaches to Economic Challenges. It is the OECD’s flagship program for the development of new approaches to global challenges. Mr. Haldane’s key message was, that economics should abandon its fixation on unrealistic models and embrace more complexity. Against this backdrop the role of systems thinking was an explicit issue in the subsequent discussion. In the seminar, representatives of the University sat at the table with representatives of member states and the OECD secretariat.

Die Delegation der Universität im Seminar des NAEC Innovation Lab.
Die Delegation der Universität im Seminar des NAEC Innovation Lab.

 

The talks in Paris had followed two previous international expert meetings on systems thinking and education, which had been organized by the University and attended by representatives from the OECD. It could also build on the Strategic Partnership between the OECD and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) because the IIASA and the University of Koblenz-Landau had recently concluded an agreement of cooperation.

 

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Date of news Nov 12, 2018 05:00
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