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Lublin, Poland: digital education summit is going to take place in December

On 7th December Lublin is going to become the Polish capital of digitisation. The CEE Edu Digital Summit - a digital education summit of the Three Seas' countries - is to be held for the first time at the Lublin Conference Centre. The agenda includes discussions on professions of the future, digital technologies for education, and cyber threats. The event is under patronage of the Polish Minister of Education and Science, and by the Secretary of State for Digitalisation at the Chancellery of the Prime Minister - Janusz Cieszyński. It is also supported by the Marshal of the Lubelskie Voivodeship - Jarosław Stawiarski.

This is yet another initiative undertaken by the CEE Digital Coalition, an alliance of digital industry organisations from across Central and Eastern Europe. Technology experts, representatives of the major manufacturers and representatives of the governments of the Three Seas’ region shall come to Lublin.

This time the meeting is entirely devoted to the subject of digital education. The agenda includes topics such as:

  • the importance of education in transformation process of the Three Seas Initiative region
  • digital technologies for education
  • cyber threats and the resilience of modern education to the threats of the future
  • the professions of tomorrow and transformations in the digital labour market.

At the conference examples of new technologies in education will be presented. – I am extremely pleased the digital summit of the Three Seas' countries, which focuses on digital education, is going to take place at the Lublin Conference Centre – said the Minister of Education and Science Przemysław Czarnek, one of the event's patrons. – It is essential for the educational system to raise awareness of threats, especially cyberthreats. Now, in the context of the war in Ukraine, these have become a particular danger of tomorrow. To lead the market, one must understand how it changes. It is also important to spread knowledge of the digitally dependent professions of the future – he stated.

The event is also supported by the Secretary of State for Digitalisation at The Chancellery of the Prime Minister, Janusz Cieszyński. – The development of digital competences is extremely important for young people who are about to enter adulthood, especially when choosing the course of their further education and creating their future. It is not only about narrow specialisations, but also about acquiring skills that are required in almost all of the tomorrow's professions - Cieszyński stressed.

The event is also under the patronage of the Marshal of the Lubelskie Voivodeship, Jarosław Stawiarski. – Digital technologies are the future. The COVID-19 pandemic has further accelerated the pace of implementation and use of digital solutions in all aspects of our lives: from workplaces to social interactions - Stawiarski stated. – These solutions affect the flexibility, speed and mobility of the activities we carry out, but they also generate many risks and dangers that we have to face. This is why it is so important to educate the younger generation, showing them the available solutions, as well as warning them of the digital risks. It is only up to us to ensure that the progressive digitisation is heading in the right direction. By investing in the informed education of children, we are investing in their future - he added.

In Poland, the activities of the CEE Digital Coalition are represented and coordinated by the Digital Poland Association (Związek Cyfrowa Polska). Its president, Michał Kanownik, emphasised, such transnational projects are particularly important today.

Digitalisation is the key to growth. Those who understand this as soon as possible are surely going to have a considerable advantage in an economic context.It will be difficult for individual countries in our region to compete with the technological powers of Western Europe or the United States” - assessed Kanownik. “Therefore, we need to work together to digitalise our societies and economies faster and more efficiently – he argues.

The Lublin summit is the second meeting of CEE Digital Coalition representatives this autumn. The first took place on 13 October in Warsaw. During the previous event the discussions focused on the necessity of adapting the law to changing technologies and cyber security.