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REIMAGINING EDUCATION AS A GLOBAL COMMON GOOD

Technological progress has been transforming humanity for decades. But the pace and scale of recent changes are unprecedented. The digital revolution can deliver a more open and productive world, but it could also threaten privacy and fuel inequality.

MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) surfaced more than a decade ago with an aim to democratize education, but it has clearly fell short on its promises, particularly for delivering industry aligned learning with tangible employment and business outcome.

What education do we need for the 21st century?
How should learning be organized in the digital economy?
What is the purpose of education in the current context of societal transformation?

Leslie will be sharing his entrepreneurial journey to reimagine post-secondary education as a global common good for fostering inclusive learning throughout life and at the workplace – to promote equal rights and diversity, to eradicate poverty and deepen sustainability, to foster international solidarity and shared responsibility, to build a better future for all.

Session Takeaways

  • What education do we need for the 21st century?
  • How should learning be organized in the digital economy?
  • What is the purpose of education in the current context of societal transformation?

About Leslie Loh

Leslie Loh
CEO
eduCLaaS Pte Ltd

Leslie founded System Access as a one-man technology startup after graduation and grew the business into a publicly listed global enterprise until it was acquired by a leading global financial services software provider in 2006.

Leslie then founded Red Dot Ventures in 2012 to nurture and incubate tech startups in Singapore and the region. It has to date invested in over 40 startups across diverse sectors and has since achieved multiple investment exits for his investment.

In 2016, Leslie became CEO of EduCLaaS (previously Lithan), one of his investee companies, to accelerate its transformation to become a pan-Asia digital learning and talents platform for bridging rising inequality with inclusive digital transformation.

Leslie was selected the overall winner of Singapore’s ASME Rotary Entrepreneur of the Year in 1998 and received the National Youth Award (Entrepreneurship) in 1999. In 2006, he was awarded the “Person of The Year” IT Leader Award by the Singapore Computer Society.

Leslie has served as a board and advisory panel member of various Singapore Government agencies including IDA (Infocomm Development Authority), Spring (SME Development Agency), IP Academy, NRF (National Research Foundation), WDA (Workforce Development Agency), MOE (Ministry of Education) to assist in charting the nation’s economic strategies, infocomm manpower development, SME/Startups development & adult education development.