ITU-Academia Partnership Meeting: Developing Skills for the Digital Era took place in Budapest, Hungary from 19-21 September 2017. The meeting was organised by the Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and hosted by the National Media and Infocommunications Authority of Hungary (NMHH).
The meeting brought together universities from all over the world that have an interest in the topic of information and communication technology (ICT), with a view to discussing emerging technology trends and how they impact on academic programmes, sharing latest developments in teaching and learning in the digital era, and examining approaches towards building skills for a 21st century workforce. The event covered debates around the digital transformation and required skill sets, the role of universities in shaping the digital agenda, changes in the curriculum in particular with respect to embracing Internet policy-related topics, and new ways of teaching and learning in the digital age. The meeting also featured a series of discussions showcasing successful partnerships between universities, the private sector, Centers of Excellence and ITU. It also explored the role of universities as incubators of innovation and start-ups and presented some concrete examples of those. A major objective of the event was to identify ways and means to strengthen collaboration between ITU and the academic community in developing capacities for the digital future.