Professor António Teixeira

Welcome from President António Teixeira

Dear Colleagues,

I'm delighted to invite you to a memorable event which will address the most pressing discussion of the moment: Leadership for change in a time of openness and increasing societal impact of online education. As higher education institutions face this tremendous challenge, the European Distance and E-learning Network (EDEN) has proudly associated with the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) and Universidade Aberta (UAb) to organize the 2013 ICDE Standing Conference of Presidents (SCOP) and Policy Forum, which will be held in Lisbon, Portugal, 27-30 November, 2013.

SCOP 2013 will be a unique opportunity for the leadership of higher education institutions engaged in open, distance and flexible learning to meet with peers from around the world in a confidential, in-camera setting. In a time of disruptive and rapid change for higher education institutions around the globe, when so much is changing, its leadership must be able to meet the new challenge. In such a demanding time for education leaders, there is more than ever a need for meeting, discussing and sharing experiences.

The conference will be held in Lisbon, the ancient Olissipo, one of the historic capitals of Europe, where centuries of cultural influence mingle with modern trends and life styles creating spectacular contrasts. Lisbon is a traditional meeting place for all peoples of the world. Because of its cultural diversity, fascinating architecture and relaxing atmosphere, Lisbon makes everyone feel at home. No wonder the first SCOP ever was held there 20 years ago.

EDEN is also proud to join UAb in celebrating its 25th anniversary. Universidade Aberta is one of the founding members of EDEN and it has been a very active contributor to the development of our network throughout the years.

SCOP 2013 will therefore be an exhilarating experience, with the participation of the best and most experienced experts and organizations in open, distance and E-learning. I look forward to welcome you all in Lisbon next November for a rich experience of learning, sharing and networking.


Professor António Teixeira
President of EDEN

Organized by:
Universidade Aberta International Council For Open And Distance Education Eden
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