Conference Theme: Women Empowerment
The 7th Gulf Education “Empowering Women in the Gulf” is taking place at the Royal University for Women in Bahrain on the 13th and 14th of December 2017. Supported by an impressive line-up of Government Ministers and senior academics as well as senior executives from the public, private and civil society sectors, we will celebrate and aim to further enhance the ongoing success story of women in the Gulf and beyond.
The main theme of the conference is to help universities to enable women to take up leadership positions and then enable them to be effective when they attain them. This will be supported by a focus on preparing students for employment and entrepreneurial activity and graduate attributes and how to develop them.
The particular situation of countries in the region regarding the under-representation of women in leadership positions is well known. But it is not a situation that is unique to the Gulf. In most countries, women are in a minority in senior positions and in recent years there has been a range of initiatives within the higher education sector to redress this. Globally, UN Sustainable Development Goal 5 ‘Gender Equity’ provides a backdrop for this.
The Gulf Education Conference will bring together experts from different countries that have or are developing solutions along with speakers who will give a global perspective. Time at the conference will be split between plenary sessions and more interactive smaller workshop sessions. For the first time at a Gulf Conference, there will be posters and presentations from students researching the field. Participants can expect to take away from the conference new knowledge, ideas, and solutions which they can implement in their country or university. They will meet senior participants from a range of other countries who will share more experience and perhaps offer the prospect of future collaboration.
In 2015, following four successful years in London and in response to huge demand, the organizers moved the event from London to Gulf Region. The 5th Gulf Education Conference and Exhibition, held in Abu Dhabi was kindly hosted at the Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research, under the esteemed patronage of His Highness Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development of the United Arab Emirates.
The agenda was strongly focused on the further development of the education system and curricula throughout the Gulf to meet the needs of employers and centered on key areas of education, employment, and vocational training. It saw key innovators in education advising and sharing their experiences and attended by more than 400 people including delegates, participants, speakers, and media. It received extensive press coverage across the Gulf media including television and radio and was considered a resounding success.
The 6th Gulf Education Conference took place in Jeddah, hosted by the University of Business and Technology was under the esteemed patronage of H.E Dr. Ahmed Mohammed Al-Issa, Minister of Education in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.The theme focused on instigating innovation in education, enabling educators and governments to identify clear policies that benefit the countries’ national workforce. It provided an enormous opportunity for foreign education organizations both in the Public and Private Sectors who seek greater engagement with the Gulf region to network and create new business relationships with Further and Higher Education Officials, Ministries and Commercial organizations involved in the Education profession.
Running alongside the conference, the Gulf Education Exhibition showcased a vast range of outstanding educational institutes from across the world, enabling them to engage with an estimated 10,000 students and their families invited by the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce Committee for Education and UBT. This event was a great occasion for all to dialog, connect and be directly involved in shaping the education system within the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).