The Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology (Mescyt) participates in the 42nd General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), where the country’s advances in Artificial Intelligence were highlighted at the regional level.
Representing the Minister of that institution, Franklin García Fermín, Andrés Merejo Checo, director of Promotion and Dissemination of Science and Technology of Mescyt, participated, who exhausted an agenda related to Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Higher Education, which includes activities such as the World Philosophy Day: AI and mental health, challenges and opportunities, as well as gender violence in an era of generative AI.
This was informed by the country’s permanent delegate to the multinational organization, Ambassador Andrés L. Mateo.
In the framework of the referred General Conference of the United Nations, the Dominican official Andrés Merejo held a meeting with Fengchun Miao, head of the Unit of Technology and Artificial Intelligence in Education of UNESCO, in which they discussed topics related to AI and ethics, technoscience, generative AI, weak or short AI, AI and philosophy, as well as its implication in scientific research and higher education.
Pioneering initiative in Latin America and the Caribbean
For his part, the UNESCO specialist praised the country’s progress at the regional level in Artificial Intelligence, through the launch earlier this year of the “National Artificial Intelligence Strategy”, a pioneering initiative in Latin America and the Caribbean.
In this regard, Merejo highlighted the work and research carried out by that Ministry, which incorporate UNESCO’s recommendation on the ethics of artificial intelligence, the first universal normative framework on AI ethics, adopted by the organization’s 193 member states in November 2021.
At the aforementioned meeting, the Dominican Republic was invited to apply for a UNESCO Chair on Philosophy and Artificial Intelligence.
Similarly, Merejo was invited to be a panelist at a table of experts at the Digital Learning Week 2024, UNESCO’s annual flagship event focused on the digital transformation of education, to share Mescyt’s best practices in AI and higher education.
Finally, the Dominican official conveyed an invitation to the UNESCO official, by Minister García Fermín, to present a keynote lecture on the “Implication of AI in higher education”, which will be held in Santo Domingo in March 2024.