World Innovation Summit for Education

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A team of eighty international journalists gathered in the Persian Gulf capital of Doha, Qatar, in February this year for an announcement on the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), a major biennial global education initiative to be launched in September.

Funded by the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, the Summit is intended as a multi-disciplinary platform to shape and rethink the education challenges of the 21st century.

The first Summit will focus on the theme of 'Global Education: Working Together for Sustainable Achievements', and will address the sub-themes of pluralism (increasing access and equality), sustainability (through funding, governance and integration) and innovation (driving change in content, access and delivery).

WISE will run along two strands:

  • A forum in which international educational experts can debate on issues such as the creation of cross-disciplinary partnerships, major educational challenges, and the tools and practices required to implement sustainable educational improvements.
  • A ‘Call for Projects’ to reward and promote innovative education-related projects that encourage cross-educational collaboration. Six awards of $20,000 are planned, in line with WISE's three main themes of pluralism, sustainability and innovation. In the future, the Call for Projects will also assist in identifying and rewarding innovative education-related projects.

Vice President of Education and Qatar Foundation Chairman, Dr. Abdulla bin Ali Al-Thani, said: "The premier WISE forum is expected to become a unique landmark due to its innovative approach.

Dr Abdulla hopes the Forum will draw leaders and decision-makers from governments, business, civil society, schools and universities, international institutions, NGOs, grassroots movements, media, art and other creative communities from around the globe.

"Opinion leaders from around the world will come together to share their vision through open discussions with education experts”, Dr Abdulla said.

“This is part of Qatar Foundation's continuous efforts to equip people to meet the challenges of the 21st century and the post-hydrocarbon era.”

Addressing the invited journalists, Dr. Allan Goodman, President of the Institute of International Education, said the Forum will offer participants the opportunity to develop a better understanding of the current and emerging issues affecting the global education agenda and offer a way of sharing innovative ways to address them.

WISE participants, he said, will be given the opportunity to share and create new ideas, best practices and experimental programmes for the challenging issues in 21st century education through plenary sessions and workshops.

The WISE initiative is being supported by a network of five partners and international institutes involved in educational issues. They include the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), the Agence Universitaire de la Francophone (AUF), International Association of University President (IAUP) and Institute of International Education (IIE), RAND Corporation.

The three-day Summit will take place in Doha from September 28th this year. Details of the educational experts invited to attend will be available later in the year.

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