This conference will be a forum for participants to share and learn from each other on how to plan, develop and manage better ODL programs. Since there is a wide range of content in ODL programs in participating institutions/countries, it will help promote the new ways of thinking about a future in which environmental, societal, and economic considerations are balanced in the pursuit of development and improved quality of life. Because of its reputation of high quality and accessibility, ODL has gradually become a mainstream in education field and functions as a possible and effective alternative in promoting cross-nation human capacity building.
Therefore, it is the responsibility of every ODL institution to redefine its roles and strategies in promoting cross-nation human capacity building. Eradicating poverty and reducing disparities in living standards in different parts of the world are essential to achieve sustainable development and meet the needs of the majority of people. The full participation of women is also essential to achieve sustainable development.
There is a close relationship between level of education and socio-economic status of the people/community. ODL expands learning opportunity to more children and people regardless their gender, socio-economic background, age, and geographical location so that they can get more education, more income and later on improve their quality of life.