COP28 event in Dubai ignites passion for sustainable development and higher education


In a remarkable display of knowledge and collaboration, the recently concluded COP28 event held in the stunning Auditorium of Dubai Knowledge Park set the stage ablaze with discussions on ‘Sustainable Development and Higher Education’. Hosted by the partnership between global educator GEDU, UNITAR (United Nations Institute for Training and Research), CIFAL City of London, and MLA College, this event proved to be a beacon of hope for a better future.

Kicking off the event, the audience was privileged to hear opening statements from two prestigious figures. Dr. Vishwajeet Rana, the passionate CEO of GEDU, fervently expressed his dedication to providing quality education for all. His heartfelt words resonated with attendees who were eager to embark on a journey towards sustainable development. Following this, Nikhil Seth, the Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations, brought his immense wisdom and global expertise to the forefront, igniting excitement amongst the audience.

The crowning jewel of the event was an engaging panel discussion led by distinguished individuals who have dedicated their lives to transforming the world. Stanley Johnson, the Chairman of GEDU and a former Member of the European Parliament, captivated the audience with his thought-provoking insights into the significance of sustainable development in higher education.

Joining him on the panel was Professor Ray Lloyd, an esteemed academic figure and the Chief Executive of the Global Banking School. His expertise in the realm of education and finance brought a unique perspective to the table, inspiring attendees to explore the interplay between sustainable development and economic growth.

Adding another layer of expertise to the discussion, Dr Peter Ricketts, a distinguished Professor of Earth and Environmental Science at Acadia University, opened the audience’s eyes to the urgent need for collective action. His impassioned plea for unity in addressing the challenges of climate change highlighted the importance of higher education in shaping a more sustainable future.

As the event drew to a close, Professor Basak Akdemir took centre stage to deliver closing remarks. As the CEO of MLA College and Director of CIFAL City of London, her words carried immense weight. She reminded attendees of the power of education in driving sustainable change, encouraging them to go forth and make a difference in their communities.