WISE 2010 Plenary Session

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IIE partners with Qatar Foundation on World Innovation Summit for Education

2010 Summit Addresses 21st-Century Educational Challenges

WISE Summit Website and Agenda

DOHA, QATAR, December 8, 2010—A delegation from the Institute of International Education is taking part in the second World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) in Doha, Qatar on December 7-9, and IIE is one of the partners in this important Qatar Foundation initiative. As part of the opening day discussion on Improving Education Systems, IIE President and CEO Allan E. Goodman moderated a session on "Leadership Models," in which the panelists examined the role that leadership plays in determining the success or failure of institutions and learners, and reflected on the steps needed to improve and share existing leadership models at every level of schools, colleges and universities, or to forge new models of leadership.

WISE provides a timely opportunity to collaborate, innovate and reflect on the importance of education as a pillar of sustainable development. Over the course of three days, under its main theme of 'Building the Future of Education,' the 1,250 delegates from more than 100 countries are considering ways to raise the status of education on the global agenda through five plenary and 20 breakout sessions, featuring 100 speakers. Delegates represent a wide range of backgrounds—education, politics, NGOs, grassroots organizations, and the private sector.

Participants are addressing some of the most pressing issues facing education today: Improving Education Systems: exploring new models of leadership, curricula and open education, and multi-stakeholder partnerships; Exploring Innovative Trends: examining national and international trends ranging from developments in cognitive science and the social media to innovative teaching methods in poorer countries using mobile devices; Funding Education: a special Plenary Session, which will be another centerpiece of the Summit, given the topicality of funding at this time of global economic crisis.

WISE is an initiative of Qatar Foundation, which has a mission to accelerate human development through education, scientific research and a range of community and cultural initiatives. The Chairperson of Qatar Foundation is Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al Missned.

Partner organizations include: Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF); Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU); International Association of University Presidents (IAUP); Institute of International Education (IIE); RAND Corporation; and—a new partner this year—United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Speaking ahead of the Summit, Dr Abdulla bin Ali Al-Thani, Chairman of WISE commented: "WISE was established a year ago because we felt that education is the most significant way to empower individuals and societies. All of us will suffer from the global deficit in education, and so it is important to engage all sectors in finding new, relevant and practical solutions. This global diversity and action-oriented approach are the distinguishing features of WISE and a major source of strength.

In our first year, we already have a number of practical achievements on the ground which are making a positive difference to people’s lives in various locations. WISE 2010 will build on these successes. However the challenges are still pressing: today 70 million children have no access to schooling and 800 million adults are illiterate."

WISE will be accessible beyond the Summit through ongoing collaborations with other events around the world, a partnership with Euronews in the Learning World weekly magazine programme and an enhanced web site. In addition, the new WISE Web TV features live streaming of all plenary sessions and archives of all Summit videos as well as videos of major speakers and ‘Eminent Voices’ supporting the WISE initiative.

About the World Innovation Summit for Education - WISE

WISE is a global collaborative initiative established by Qatar Foundation under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al Missned. WISE was launched with a mission to address the urgent challenges and powerful economic, demographic and technological pressures facing 21st-century education. The annual WISE Summit brings together eminent decision-makers and thought-leaders from multiple sectors to generate dialogue, seek innovative solutions, raise awareness of the importance of learning and inspire actions which will make a real difference to the lives of people across the globe. WISE is a year-round platform and forum for the sharing of experience and best practices.

About the Qatar Foundation For Education, Science And Community Development

Founded in 1995 by decree of His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, Emir of Qatar, Qatar Foundation is a non-profit organization focusing on education, scientific research and community development. Under Qatar Foundation’s umbrella are Education City, which comprises elite universities, several academic and training programs and Qatar Science and Technology Park, which boasts more than twenty-one world-class companies involved in scientific research and development. Chaired by Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al- Missned, Qatar Foundation also aims to enhance lives through community development initiatives including Doha Debates, Reach out To Asia and Al Jazeera Children's Channel. Joint venture partnerships in the areas of design, ICT, telecommunications, policy studies and event management contribute to fulfilling the objectives of the Qatar Foundation. 

About the Institute of International Education

The Institute of International Education is a world leader in the international exchange of people and ideas. An independent, nonprofit organization founded in 1919, IIE has a network of 18 offices worldwide and over 1,000 member institutions. IIE designs and implements programs of study and training for students, educators, young professionals and trainees from all sectors with funding from government agencies, foundations, and corporations. IIE also conducts policy research and program evaluations, and provides advising and counseling on international education and opportunities abroad.

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