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International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Education

Planning Education in the AI Era: Lead the leap

An international conference on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and education took place in Beijing, China from 16 to 18 May 2019. The conference provided a platform for Member States, international organizations, civil society and the AI industry to:

  • debate whether skills needed to successfully cope in the AI era can be anticipated, and share experiences on the development of such skills that will enable humans to adapt to a society informed by AI;
  • exchange information on the latest trends in AI and how the trends are shaping education and learning;
  • assess lessons learned from emerging national policies and strategies for leveraging AI to achieve SDG 4; and
  • strengthen international cooperation and partnership for promoting equitable, inclusive, and transparent use of AI in education.

The conference brought together over 500 international representatives from more than 120 Member States, including 70 government ministers and almost 100 representatives from UN agencies, academic institutions, civil society and the private sector.

A synthesis report to document the main achievements and outcomes of the Conference will be published, as well as a Consensus, to be developed and adopted by the high-level representatives of the Member States.

The conference was co-organized by UNESCO, the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China and the National Commission of the People’s Republic of China for UNESCO.  


  • By nomination: A formal letter of invitation will be shared with Member States channelled through Permanent Delegations to nominate country representatives.
  • By invitation: Invitation will be extended to representatives of  the UN agencies, international organizations, civil society and leaders of the AI industry with innovative practices on AI in education, as well as leading experts and practitioners specialized in AI and education. 






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The Conference is organized with support from