World Innovation Summit for Education

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1,000 leading opinion leaders, decision-makers and academics from diverse sectors in over 120 countries will participate in the first ever global summit dedicated to monitoring the 21st century’s challenges on education: WISE (World Innovation Summit for Education). This pioneering idea, initiated by the Qatar Foundation, will take place in Doha, Qatar on November 16th-18th, 2009.

During three days, WISE will endeavour to bring together multi-disciplinary thinking that will enable a global educational network to think differently, implement change and collectively meet the many educational challenges facing us.
In this inaugural year, the central theme of the summit will focus on “Global Education: Working Together for Sustainable Achievements”, which will be complemented by sub-themes of Pluralism, Sustainability and Innovation.

“Education systems have been frustratingly slow to adapt and respond in an integrated and coordinated way, despite extraordinary advancements in how we as individuals interact with each other and the world”, explains Dr. Abdulla bin Ali Al-Thani, Chairman of WISE and Vice President of Education, Qatar Foundation. “WISE first edition will bring together 1,000 world leaders to explore experiment and establish new ways to anticipate and provide the educational evolutions, competences and patterns of tomorrow. It is critical that graduates from the next generation are equipped to think beyond their borders, and to meaningfully compete, connect, and cooperate with their peers on a global scale,” Dr. Abdulla bin Ali Al-Thani added.

Through a comprehensive programme schedule that includes plenary and break out sessions, participants will share and generate new ideas, best practices and experimental programs across the educational sphere.