Inspiring Solutions: ITW Insights on Innovation





Within the framework of EDUC, the 8th International Education Week (ITW) took place at the Faculty of Economics. At the event, students and attendees were able to choose from a range of lectures and workshops aimed at introducing a broader digitalisation and AI aspects into education and keeping up to date with teaching methodology by gathering a variety of good practices from around the world.

One of the international speakers at the event was Murtaza Mohiqi, Assistant Professor of Law from the University of South-Eastern Norway, who contributed to the success of the ITW with his research and experience in the field of innovation and education. The professor, who has authored a number of significant research and publications in the fields of human rights and private law, provided the participants with perspectives on digital inclusive innovation and academic isolation.

During the presentation, Mohiqi emphasized the importance of digital inclusive innovation and how it can achieve equal access and participation for all members of society, especially marginalized communities.The speaker highlighted the principles of equality, accessibility, participation, empowerment and sustainability in digital inclusive innovation and encouraged the application of these principles in the design and implementation of technological solutions and initiatives. He also stressed that an interdisciplinary approach is key to making progress on digital inclusive innovation. The interdisciplinary strategies presented during the lecture can help to ensure that all parts of society benefit from innovation and that innovation truly contributes to social justice and equality.

Digital innovation should not exacerbate existing inequalities; rather, it should serve as a tool for empowerment,"  - he elaborated. 

Murtaza Mohiqi's second presentation was on overcoming academic isolation in conflict zones. In the presentation, he detailed the concept of academic isolation and its causes in conflict zones. The speaker shared the challenges and opportunities faced by academic communities in these zones and highlighted the potential benefits and difficulties of online education. During the presentation, Mohiqi also shared some case studies on the establishment of online universities in conflict zones and encouraged reflection on new methods and approaches to promote education and academic work in these areas. Drawing from real-world examples, Mohiqi elucidated the potential of online universities to transcend physical barriers and empower individuals in conflict-affected areas. 

"Online education offers a lifeline for students and scholars in conflict zones, enabling them to pursue their academic aspirations despite the odds," he noted. "By leveraging technology and fostering collaboration, we can bridge the gap between academic isolation and educational opportunity." He remarked,

Innovation in education is not merely about technological advancements; it's about fostering inclusivity and addressing the unique needs of every individual, especially those from marginalized communities.

Mohiqi enriched the knowledge and thinking of the participants with inspiring thoughts and interesting discussions. The speaker stressed that collaboration and an interdisciplinary approach are key to digital inclusive innovation and to overcoming academic isolation and encouraged the participants to work together to develop and implement new solutions and initiatives.

The key to progress lies in collaboration and an interdisciplinary approach. Together, we can overcome barriers, foster innovation, and create a more equitable and inclusive future for all.

The ITW event served as a catalyst for collaboration and dialogue, inspiring participants to explore new avenues for innovation and inclusivity in education. Mohiqi's thought-provoking presentations sparked lively discussions and generated a myriad of creative ideas. 

The EDUC event was an outstanding success and participants came away with a wealth of new ideas and approaches for further work in education and innovation. Mohiqi's presentations have been an important step in enabling educational institutions and scientific communities to respond more effectively to the challenges and opportunities in innovation and education. For the participants of the ITW, the event was not only an opportunity to gain new knowledge and ideas, but also an inspiration for future collaborations and projects.