Posted on October 20, 2015

The World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), a global initiative of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), has invited a number of key Qatari education institutions to attend the 2015 WISE Summit, offering participants the opportunity to learn more about their innovative work.

The annual WISE Summit, which is taking place 3rd – 5th November at the Qatar National Convention Centre, brings together more than 1,500 innovators from around the world, including educational thinkers and practitioners, representatives of governments, NGOs, business leaders, and social entrepreneurs.A testament to QF’s commitment to establishing a knowledge-based economy, the Summit aims to build the future of education through unlocking human potential.

Qatari organisations invited to participate in this year’s event include Qatar Foundation, the Supreme Education Council, Teach for Qatar, Qatar University, Hamad bin Khalifa University, Qatar Solar Technologies, Reach Out To Asia, INJAZ Qatar, Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, Qatar National Research Fund, Qatar Academy, Qatar Foundation’s Education Development Institute, Education Above All, and Doha Global Shapers Community.

WISE Summit participants will be given the opportunity to interact with the local organisations in the ‘Majlis’, an exhibition area central to the event. Meanwhile, the education institutions will be able to exchange information with top-level international change-makers and trend-setters in education, as well as network and cooperate with potential business partners.

“Working in close partnership with key Qatari education institutions is central to the mission of WISE to build the future of education through innovation and collaboration,” said Stavros Yiannouka, CEO of WISE, commenting on the collaborations.  

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“As a prominent international initiative, WISE is contributing to Qatar National Vision 2030 by supporting efforts to build an economy based on knowledge.  WISE provides an opportunity for our partners here in Qatar to engage with some of the most creative and innovative education thinkers and practitioners from around the world. At the same time, our partner institutions provide critical support to WISE in identifying key issues that inform our research agenda and debates.”

This year, WISE has also partnered with leading researchers from Qatar and around the world to produce a series of reports, which will be revealed at the Summit. The reports will feature action-oriented policy research on key topics relevant to the theme of the 2015 WISE Summit,‘Investing for Impact: Quality Education for Sustainable and Inclusive Growth’. Additionally, in partnership with the Supreme Education Council, the 2015 WISE Summit will offer Qatar-based school children aged 12 – 14 years old, alongside their teachers, the opportunity to participate in the Learning Lab, a new feature of the WISE Summit dedicated to innovative and interactive pedagogies.

Furthermore, a large part of this year’s programme will address the link between Education and the Economy and how to reinforce weak education systems, open opportunities to new players, develop a “job-ready” talent pool amid persisting inequality and marginalisation, nurture global citizens, and support wider economic progress. WISE 2015 will also be the first global conference following the UN General Assembly and the ratification of the Sustainable Development Goals SDGs); therefore, it will serve as an ideal platform to explore emerging innovations, scalable solutions, and new financial models to put principles into action.