Qatar wins World Cup and education too!

04 Dec 2010

The second World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) kicks off in Doha, Qatar next week. I will be there to chair the three main plenary sessions which will cover: funding, innovation, and improvement to education systems.

Some 1,250 delegates from all over the world will be there to hear some of the most influential speakers on education.

The speakers include:

  • Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO
  • Steen Jorgensen, The World Bank
  • Lord Puttnam, Chairman, Futurelab UK
  • Prof. Quifeng Zhou, President, Peking University
  • Prof. Nigel Harris, Vice Chancellor, the University of the West Indies
  • HE Fasli Jalal, Vice Minister of Education, Indonesia
  • Michael Stevenson, VP for Education, Cisco
  • Dr Scott Cowen, President, Tulane University, USA.

 The summit will tackle the big issue of how to ensure new methods of funding education at a time of global economic uncertainty and austerity on government spending.

 Speakers will also tackle the challenge of how to deliver expansion in education systems -  to reach those not yet benefiting from education,  to cope with demographic growth, and to increase capacity for the growing numbers staying-on into further and higher education.

The whole conference will live up to the WISE name by looking at innovative trends in education, be they technological, cognitive, or system-wide reform.

The event starts on Tuesday and I will be blogging from Doha throughout. 

Meanwhile, you can see the full programme and further details here: 


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