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Global Statement identifies, analyses and reports on global trends in higher education, research and innovation. It is based on the expertise of the Swiss network of scientific counselors and swissnex, located in 20 countries all over the world.

This year’s theme is Ageing Society. According to the WHO, the number of people aged 60 and over is expected to double between 2000 and 2050. By then, projections estimate that the combined senior and geriatric population will have reached 2 billion. It is a fact: we are not getting any younger and neither are our societies! Almost every country in the world is – or will soon be – facing the situation of a “greying society”.

This topic relates to many aspects of the Education, Research and Innovation system and challenges are manifold in this regard, from the training of health care personnel to neurosciences research. However, this societal evolution also offers many opportunities: in the USA for example, the ageing baby-boomers’ generation is seen as one of the biggest market opportunities for start-ups. How will new technologies impact on the way we age? Is Switzerland investing enough into research and development to face the challenges?

It 2015, the theme of the blog was Big Data. You can find the articles here.

2014‘s theme was Digital Education. The fast development of MOOCs in recent years has brought to the fore the potential given by new digital tools in reshaping the education landscape. Some say it is a revolution, as MOOCs bear the promises of providing free, high quality education to millions of students worldwide. Others doubt or dispute the stipulated blessings of this digital endeavour.

Whether the online courses will meet the high expectations they raise remains an open question; what is sure, is that they bring very interesting challenges-in terms of knowledge transmission and spheres of influencethat need to be addressed on a global scale. This blog highlights best practices and interesting initiatives undertaken in different countries. It is a platform dedicated to spreading and exchanging the knowledge in this field.

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