11th elets WES 2017, Dubai: Demystifying Innovative World of Education

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In a bid to showcase the innovations, initiatives and best practices being followed across the globe in the education space, Elets Technomedia in association with Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), Dubai, organised the 11th elets World Education Summit (WES) 2017 Dubai on 26-27 November.

Inaugurated by KHDA’s Chairman of the Board of Directors and Director General Dr Abdulla Al Karam, the summit was divided into segments: School Education, Higher Education, Expo and Awards.

A Special issue of digitalLEARNING magazine: Happy Education –Dubai Inspires the World — was also launched by Dr Al Karam. In his keynote address, Dr Karam said, change is also being driven by top global companies that have “removed academic qualifications from their entry criteria for graduates” and the “university degrees are no longer necessary”.

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“They’ve done this because they can see that the types of graduates our education systems are producing are not always the type of graduates they need. These companies are looking for something different. If these big companies are doing this, you can be pretty sure that the smaller ones will follow,” he added.

The 11th WES witnessed insightful discussions on various aspects of school and Higher education for two days. Eduleaders from Dubai and the UAE, India, UK and various parts of the world along with industry leaders deliberated upon the subject of futuristic education spectrum, said Elets Technomedia Pvt Ltd CEO and Editor-in-Chief Dr Ravi Gupta.

Speaking on this occasion, KHDA’s Executive Director of Education Development Kalthoom Al Balooshi said: “Dubai is well-placed to lend importance to the right mix of attributes and knowledge, owing to its unique mix of schools and demographics.”

A new trend is seeing Artificial Intelligence (AI) analyse cognitive test results of students to create a profile of their academic strengths and aptitude for certain careers, an exhibitor at the World Education Summit in Dubai said on the first-day of the conference.

This year the school education section of the summit witnessed participation of dignitaries like Mark Beer, OBE, Chief Executive, DIFC Courts, Dubai International Financial Centre, Dubai; Dr Rajendra Pratap Gupta, Member, National Education Policy Committee, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India; Dr Archana Thakur, Chief Vigilance Officer & Joint Secretary, University Grants Commission (UGC), Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, and K K Nirala, Director, Technical Education, Government of Gujarat, among others.

In the higher education segment was participated by Dr Naji Al Mahdi, Chief, Qualifications and Awards in Dubai, KHDA, Dubai and Dr Amer Sharif, CEO, Education sector, Dubai Healthcare City Authority, along with chairman, directors and vice-chancellors of higher education institutes from across the globe.

The expo witnessed unique yet effective teaching methodologies, networking and product interactions among different sections of the education stakeholders. Over 50 exhibitors showcased their new initiatives in edtech at the summit.

Awards presented to leading schools, higher education institutes and edu-tech corporate during the summit aimed to recognise, highlight, honour and encourage leading models/projects/processes of excellence and sustainable innovations in school and higher education.

The summit concluded on Monday. The next World Education Summit, Delhi is scheduled to be organised in August, 2018.

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