‘Futures and Foresight: Designing RCE for 2050’


June 18, 2022 (Saturday)


9:00 AM – 1:00 PM (UTC +8:00)


Futures literacy has been recognised by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as an essential competency for the 21st century. With the inevitable uncertainty of the future, empowering the imagination becomes crucial to be better prepared for recovery and invention in facing potential crises and realizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

As a global network that mobilises multi-stakeholders to promote Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), Regional Centres of Expertise (RCEs) are in a crucial position to make its trajectory more robust towards 2050 through futures and foresight, aligned with its functions of reorienting education towards sustainable development, increasing access to quality education, deliver trainers’ training programmes, and leading advocacy and awareness efforts for ESD.

As the host of the UNESCO Chair in Futures Studies – Anticipation for Sustainability and Wellbeing and the RCE Greater Gombak, IIUM aims to synthesize these two areas of competency by hosting a Futures Workshop for RCEs. It will bring together members of the RCEs who are representative of the regions to exercise and envision the futures of RCEs in 2050 through collective brainstorming, designing, and recommendations.

The objectives include equipping participants with knowledge and tools for futures literacy, exposing participants to the application of foresight for RCEs, and producing a document on the outcomes which will be presented at the 14th Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting.

The project coordinator is Madam Zarinah Gulam Rasul Nalla.



Professor Sohail Inayatullah is a political scientist and a professor at Tamkang University, Taipei (Graduate Institute of Futures Studies) and Associate at Melbourne Business School, the University of Melbourne. From 2001 to 2020, he was an Adjunct Professor at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia. From 2011 to 2014, he was an Adjunct Professor at the Centre for Policing, Counterterrorism, and Intelligence of Macquarie University, Sydney. In 1999, he was the UNESCO Chair in European Studies at the University of Trier, Germany. In 2016, he was awarded the first UNESCO Chair in Futures Studies. In 2010, he was awarded the Laurel award for all-time best futurist by the Shaping Tomorrow Foresight Network. In March 2011, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Science Malaysia, Penang. He received his doctorate from the University of Hawaii in 1990. He has lived in Islamabad, Pakistan; Bloomington, Indiana; Flushing, New York; Geneva, Switzerland; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Honolulu, Hawaii; and Brisbane and Mooloolaba, Australia. [Read more]




9:00 AM 

Introduction by Master of Ceremony

9:05 AM

Welcome and Keynote Speech by Professor Dr. Ahmad Faris Ismail

Deputy Rector (Academic and Internationalisation), IIUM

Co-Chairperson of the UNESCO Chair in Futures Studies, IIUM

9:20 AM

Keynote Speech by Professor Sohail Inayatullah

Chair Holder, UNESCO Chair in Futures Studies, IIUM

9:35 AM

Keynote Speech by Ms. Miki Konishi

Programme Coordinator and Representative from the United Nations University, Japan

9:50 AM

Tea Break 

10:05 AM

Workshop Session (Instructor: Professor Sohail Inayatullah)

  • Co-design of emerging issues
  • Presentation of emerging issues by groups
    • Each group selects an emerging issue and develops a futures wheel with first- and second-order impacts
  • Presentation of key strategies
    • RCE scenarios i.e., no change, marginal change, adaptive change, and radical change
  • Recommendations

12:45 PM

Concluding Remarks by Professor Sohail Inayatullah

Deputy Rector (Academic and Internationalisation), IIUM
Co-Chairperson of the UNESCO Chair in Futures Studies, IIUMKeynote Speech by Ms. Miki Konishi