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Keynote address delivered at the International Conference on Sustainable Approaches for Green Computing, Economy and Environment, 9 December 2013, Salem (India)

Keynote address delivered at the International Conference on Sustainable Approaches for Green Computing, Economy and Environment, 9 December 2013, Salem (India)

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    • A quantum leap to sustainable development and competitive growth Renato Toffanin Advanced Research Centre for Health, Environment and Space (Italy) SAGCEE-13, 9-11 December 2013, Salem, India ARCHES
    • Sustainable approaches for green computing, economy and environment (SAGCE-13) … smart power grids e-waste green computing clean technologies e-healthcare green market dynamics corporate governance renewable energy benchmarking carbon foot printing eco-informatics climate change product design and innovation green data centers ecosystems environment and social policies environmental legislation … ARCHES
    • Green economy The concept of a green economy has become very popular in sustainability discourses, particularly in light of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development held in June 2012 ARCHES
    • Green economy There are several definitions of green economy. However, in its simplest expression, a green economy is low carbon, resource efficient and socially inclusive. ARCHES
    • Green economy Different strategies are currently used worldwide to achieve these goals. For example, Europe 2020 is the growth strategy of the European Union (EU) for this decade. ARCHES
    • Europe 2020 strategy In a rapidly changing world, the EU intends to become a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy. ARCHES
    • Europe 2020 strategy Smart through more effective investments in education, research and innovation. Sustainable thanks to a decisive move towards a low-carbon economy. Inclusive with a strong emphasis on job creation and poverty reduction. ARCHES
    • Europe 2020 strategy In times of severe economic crisis, the European Union has set five ambitious objectives on employment, innovation, education, social inclusion and climate/energy to be reached by 2020. ARCHES
    • Horizon 2020 Horizon 2020 is the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe's global competitiveness. Running from 2014 to 2020 with a budget of just over €70 billion, the EU’s new programme for research and innovation is part of the drive to create new growth and jobs in Europe. ARCHES
    • Knowledge-based society Research and innovation together with education represent the key drivers of a knowledge-based society and they are commonly referred to as the “knowledge triangle”. ARCHES
    • Knowledge-based society This new type of society is nowadays needed to compete and succeed in the changing economic and political dynamics of the modern world. ARCHES
    • Knowledge-based society To meet the challenges outlined above, a number of policy options are suggested across the multi-faceted scenarios of the knowledge triangle. ARCHES
    • Knowledge-driven global economy Among those policies, higher education policy is increasingly important on national agendas. The widespread recognition that higher education is a major driver of economic competitiveness in a knowledge-driven global economy has made high quality higher education more important than ever before. ARCHES
    • Quality in higher education Clearly, the rapidly expanding demand for higher education constitutes a big challenge for the quality of the higher education system in developing and emerging countries. ARCHES
    • Equity in higher education Moreover, issues of equity in higher education in many countries need to become more prominent in national debates and policy making. In particular, the question of differences in participation rates among groups of students - by gender, ethnicity and socio-economic status –, should receive more policy attention. ARCHES
    • A quantum leap to sustainable development Making the quantum leap to a sustainable development paradigm will depend heavily on high quality higher education, especially if we facilitate the access to higher education for disadvantaged groups. ARCHES
    • Contacts toffanin@arches-centroricerca.org www.arches-centroricerca.org ARCHES