• Dr. Matjaž Knez


We are delighted to announce the news of the UNESCO Chair's support for the H2Student program on open technologies for open educational resources and open learning from the Jožef SŠtefan Institute. UNESCO Chair in OER is Mitja Jermol, MSc., based at the Jožef Štefan Institute, however the scope and operation of the Chair are available to all educational stakeholders of Slovenia, including the initiator OpeningupSlovenia: Knowledge 4 All Foundation Ltd., University of Maribor, University of Primorska, University of Ljubljana, University of Nova Gorica, Ministry of Education, Science and Sports, Elementary school Savsko Naselje, Kindergarten Trnovo, School Center Kranj, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia, The Slovenian National Commission for UNESCO, the Post Office of Slovenia and the Institute for Intellectual Property.

UNESCO Chairs have been running since 1992 and today include more than 812 institutions in 128 countries and 600 Chairpersons, who promote international inter-university cooperation and networking to strengthen institutional capacity through knowledge sharing and collaboration. Through a network of chairs, educational and research, institutions around the world combine human and material resources to meet pressing challenges and contribute to the development of society. Chair holders serve as liaisons between universities, civil society, local communities, researchers and policy makers.

H2Student is an "open" educational and competitive program, supported by open educational resources and open technologies, designed to raise awareness among young people about sustainable mobility, the importance of environmental sustainability and the negative effects of engines on combustion in urban air quality. By presenting current technologies and possible uses of the latter in transport, we will seek to encourage young people to become interested in hydrogen, raise technological awareness and inspire young people to choose to study and then pursue professions related to new hydrogen technologies. By raising the awareness of young people about the positive effects of the use of H2 technologies, we will spread the idea of ​​the usefulness of hydrogen and the potential for the use of H2 technologies to the wider population.

This year the H2Student program is being launched in Slovenia and Croatia for the first time, covering the entire educational vertical from primary schools through high schools to universities. You can read more about the program at our website, which aims to become an open online platform, a treasure trove of content knowledge on sustainable mobility with a focus on hydrogen and the use of hydrogen technologies in mobility.

The UNESCO Chair on Open Technologies for Open Educational Resources and Open Learning seeks to promote open learning programs, projects and initiatives and innovative approaches to education around the world. Through the international mechanisms offered by UNESCO chairs, the Chair has so far successfully integrated good practices from Slovenia into the international environment. H2Student addresses directly at least 4 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the United Nations and therefore carries a very strong message for all UNESCO Member States.

With the support of the UNESCO Chair, the H2Student team receives a great deal of recognition while committing to raising the program to an even higher level and giving society a free and open access to sustainable mobility information, contributing to a more educated, technologically literate and sustainable society.


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