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Tenth Pan-Commonwealth Forum on Open Learning (PCF10)

The Tenth Pan-Commonwealth Forum (PCF10) on Open Learning was held in Calgary, Canada from 14-16 September 2022 in partnership with Athabasca University – Canada’s Online University. This first-ever hybrid Forum brought together nearly 500 policy makers, practitioners and thought leaders from 53 countries (42 Commonwealth countries) and boasted a gathering of more ministers from more Commonwealth nations than ever before.

Forum partners from all four regions of the Commonwealth, with a total of about 2.5 billion people – believe that it is possible to significantly accelerate progress towards the aim and targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in general, and (SDG4) in particular, to innovate for more resilient education systems and to address at least some of the challenges of climate change by prioritising collective actions noted in the Calgary Communique, proposed on 16 September, 2022 at the Closing Ceremony of PCF10.

Archived live-stream videos from PCF10 can be found on COL’s YouTube channel.

A summary of PCF10 appears in the November 2022 edition of COL’s newsletter, Connections.


Innovations for Educational Resilience


  1. Building resilience
  2. Fostering lifelong learning
  3. Inspiring innovations
  4. Promoting equity and inclusion



Asa Briggs Lecture

Prof. Tim Blackman, Vice-Chancellor, The Open University, United Kingdom

Keynote Speakers

Hon. Buti Manamela, Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training, South Africa

Dr. Rolph Payet, Executive Secretary, Secretariet of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions

Mr. Mohammed Rezwan, Founder and Executive Director, Shidhulai Swanirvar Sangstha, Bangladesh

Professor Olaf Zawacki-Richter, Professor of Educational Technology, Dean of the Faculty of Education and Social Sciences, and Director of the Center for Open Education Research (COER), Institute of Education, University of Oldenburg

COUNTRY SHOWCASE: Claudette McGowan, Global Executive Officer, TD Bank, Canada

Honorary Fellows

  • Dr Tony Bates
  • Hon Mrs Leela Devi Dookun-Luchoomun
  • Mr Maxim Jacques Jean-Louis
  • Ambassador Mariam Yalwaji Katagum
  • Hon Priya D. Manickchand
  • Mr Mohammed Rezwan
  • Professor Alan Tait
  • Professor Dr Ami Upadhyay

Winners of the Excellence in Distance Education Awards (2020-2022)

Award of Excellence for Institutional Achievement

  • The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand

Award of Excellence for Innovations in Distance and Online Learning

  • Dr. Kaushal Kumar Bhagat, Assistant Professor, Advanced Technology Development Centre, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur

Forum Sponsors and Partners

  1. Association of Commonwealth Universities
  2. Australia Government – Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  3. Botswana Open University
  4. Namibia College Of Open Learning
  5. National Institute of Open Schooling
  6. National University of Nigeria
  7. Open Polytechnic New Zealand
  8. Open University Malaysia
  9. The Open University, UK
  10. University of London
  11. Wawasan Open University