5th Gulf Education Conference and Exhibition 2015

5th Gulf Education Conference and Exhibition 2015

This year saw the much-anticipated move to Gulf Education Conference and Exhibition to the Gulf region. Following huge demand, the organizers of this event, which is in its 4th year, took the unprecedented decision to move the location of the event from London to Abu Dhabi. Despite the huge challenges of moving the venue to a different country, the event took place on 18 and 19 March and was considered a resounding success.

 

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 and Ministerial Delegation, the event was kindly hosted by the Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research. The event was attended by more than 400 people including delegates, participants, speakers and media and received extensive coverage across the Gulf media including television and radio.

 

This year’s agenda was strongly focused on the further development of the education system and curricula throughout the Gulf in order to meet the needs of employers. Centering on key areas of education, employment and vocational training the conference saw key innovators in education advising and sharing their experiences across these areas and more.

 

The VIP delegation also included HE Mubarak Al-Shamsi, ACTVET, H.E.Dr. Amin A. Mahmoud Minister of HE & SR, Jordan, and Professor Sultan Al Orabi who led a key session on Day Two of the conference reflecting on the learning points and outcomes with Dr. Naji Al Mahdi, Chief of Qualifications and Awards, KHDA & Chief, National Institute of Vocational Education.

 

Chaired by David Lock of the Leadership Foundation, the event opened with an impressive line-up of Ministers and VIPs endorsing both the program of the event with their presence and participation. This delegation included Lord Triesman, Life Peer of the House of Lords in the UK, the esteemed Ministers of HE, SR & Training, and of Labour from Morocco, H.E.Lahcen Daoudi and Dr. Abdulsam Siddiki respectively. Both seasoned experts spoke to delegates of their experiences at the helm of education and employment in Morocco.

Patronage

  • His Highness Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan

    Minister of Culture, Youth, and Community Development

Event Information

Venue

Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research
Al Nahyan, Almuroor Street
Abu Dhabi
The United Arab Emirates

Date

18th – 19th March 2015

Strategic Partners

Sponsors and Media Partners

Agenda

The program for this year’s Gulf Education Conference and Exhibition provided a superb backdrop for education providers, academic institutions, and those responsible for vocational training and employee engagement to meet, share, learn and discuss their challenges and solutions. The program started on 17th March, with exhibitors and participants commencing set up at the ECSSR.

 

Throughout the conference program, there were plenty of positive discussions between the world’s experts and Gulf Education participants as they offered their insight into given specialist areas. Vital contributions were made by representatives of Etihad, Education First, Accor, Abu Dhabi Police GHQ, Glion, Ellucian, the British Council and many leading institutions of the Gulf region and Europe.

Following the opening, the event program got fully underway with continued contributions by Ministers and VIPs. A session focusing on achievements of the Education Sector with input and expertise delivered by University representatives such as Dr Abliasha Singh, Dean of the American University in the Emirates, Professor Saad Darwish of Applied Science University in Bahrain and Anne Chant of Canterbury Christ Church University in the UK and Tertiary College forerunners – Dr Addel Al Ameri, Managing Director of ADVETI and Khalid Al Afari, General Director for the Centre of Career Guidance and Recruitment of TVTC

 

The Employer-led Achievement session was led by a central UAE leader in Workforce Development, Essa Al Mulla along with important contributions by Etihad and Education First. Organizers of Gulf Education were honored to have the continued insight and vast expertise of Essa throughout the program on Day 2 of the conference also.

 

Towards the end of the first day a key session named Preparing a Generation of Health Workers was led by respected medical education expert Professor Tawfik Al Khoja the Director General of the Executive Board of Health and Minister of the Council for GCC States. In parallel, a leading panel of experts led by Professor Eman Gaad of British University in Dubai advised on Special Education Needs and the advancements being made in this integral area.

 

The day ended with a hosted dinner at the ECSSR for all participants where guests availed of superb food and important networking opportunities.

09:00 Chairman’s Introduction

Dr. David J. Lock

09:15 Ministerial Presentation

Education Ministers from Gulf Countries will present an overview of initiatives being taken in their countries to strengthen the engagement between education and employers, citing landmark achievements.

 

  • Lord Triesman, Life Peer, House of Lords UK
  • H.E.Lahcen Daoudi, Minister of HE, SR & Training, Morocco
  • Dr. Abdulsam Siddiki Minister of Labour, Morocco
  • Dr. Radwan Ahmed Radwan, Deputy Minister, Supreme Council of Education, Kuwait
  • H.E. Dr. Sumia Abu Kashawa Minister of Higher Education.
  • H.E. Dr. Amin A. Mahmoud Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research ,Amman, Jordan
  • H.E. Prof Tawfik Al Khoja Executive Board of the Health, Minister Council for GCC States
  • H.E. Professor Sultan Abu Orabi, Secretary General of the Association of the Arab Universities, Jordan
  • H.E. Professor Refat Abdelhalim Alfaouri Director General of the Arab Administrative Development Organization – League of Arab States
  • H.E. Inam Biod Minister Arab League Dr Ibraheem Mohammed Alshafi, Vice Governor Strategic Initiatives, TVTC
  • H.E. Mubarak Al-Shamsi, ACTVET
10:15 Coffee Break
10:30 Opening Ceremony

Gulf Education 2015 Patron H.H. Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development of the United Arab Emirates and Ministerial Delegation

H.E. Dr. Amal Al Qubaisi, Director General, ADEC

11:00 Gulf Education Awards
Gulf Education Awards to be awarded by H.H.Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan.
11:30 The Power Of Partnerships In Employment And Prosperity
Dr Tayeb Kamali, Vice Chancellor of Higher Colleges of Technology
12:15 Education Sector Achievements:
  • Universities:
    Dr. Abilasha Singh, Dean, American University in the Emirates
    Professor Saad Darwish, Dept. of Business Administration, Applied Science University, Bahrain
    Ms. Anne Chant, Asst Director, Centre for Career & Personal Development, Canterbury Christ Church University American University in the Emirates
  • Tertiary Colleges:
    Dr Addel Al Ameri Managing Director, ADVETI
    ENG. Khalid Al Afari, General Director for the Centre of Career Guidance and Recruitment, TVTC
    Mr. Robert Chater, Executive Director, HULT International Business School, Dubai
  • Schools:
    Saed Al Muntafiq GEMS
13:00 Lunch, Exhibition And 1:1 Meetings
14:15 Employer-led Achievements

Introduced and facilitated by:

  • Essa Al Mulla, Chief, National Workforce Development
  • Mr. Wissam Hachem, Vice President Learning and Development, Etihad Airlines
  • Dr Yusra Mouzughi, Programme Leader for Doctoral Programmes Liverpool John Moores University, UK
  • Mr.Carl Johan Westring, Vice President, EF Education First
15:15 Sustainable Research Collaborations
Introduced and facilitated by Dr Abdullah Alshamsi Vice-Chancellor of the British University in Dubai

 

Dr Thani Al Zeyoudi, Permanent Representative of the UAE to IRENA Director of Energy & Climate Change at the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs

16:00 Refreshment Break And Prayer Time

Delegates are requested to select between the two parallel sessions that will take place at this point in the agenda

Preparing a Generation of Health Workers Fit for the Purpose and Fit for Practice
Introduced and Facilitated by Professor Tawfik A.M. Khoja, Director General Executive Board, Health Minister’s Council for Co-operation Council
Prof. Salman Rawaf
Prof. Khalid Bin Abdulrahman Vice Rector for Planning, Development & Quality at Al-Imam Mohammed Bin Saud Islamic University
Prof Salamn Raouf

 

Special Educational Needs
Prof. Eman Gaad, Dean Faculty of Education, British University in Dubai
Dr Nadra Alborno, Assistant Professor of Education, American University in Dubai
Ms. Mayssa Dawi, Regional Schools Manager, MENA, British Council
Ms. Rana Ismail, Principal, Alkawthar School, Lebanon

17:30 Chairman’s Comments And Close
Networking Opportunities
20:00 Gulf Education 2015 Gala Awards Dinner Hosted By The Emirates Centre For Strategic Studies And Research

The Gulf Education Gala Awards Dinner will be held on the first night of the conference. It will be a special night for all those attending. As the attendees dine on exceptionally fine cuisine, the nominees and winners will be announced and prizes awarded. The Gala Award Dinner promises to be a sociable evening with plenty of opportunities to network or sit back and be entertained! Building on the success of last year, the Gulf Education Awards will give recognition to progressive and innovative institutions who are striving to make advancements in teaching programs, resources, facilities and their academic positioning. Categories will include:

  • The Most Effective International Partnership (Education/Education)
  • The Most Effective Partnership (Educational/Commercial)
  • The Most Outstanding Entrepreneurial Project
  • The Most Innovative Advance in Teaching Employability Skills
  • The Most Effective Scheme in Motivating Academic Staff to Engage with the Employability Agenda
  • Innovation in Education for the Special Needs Sector
  • A Lifeti

As attendees moved into day two of the conference, a number of important sessions were run in parallel giving attendees the opportunity to select between agenda content that was relevant to their own areas. All topics were current and included content such as IT Enabled Partnerships; Professional Qualifications; STEM subjects and Employability; and Motivation of Staff and Students with each session being led by a leader in the given area and contributions from many experts

 

The afternoon featured a high profile panel of speakers who were investigating the area of students needing 2020 vision, referencing the hugely important coup of Expo 2020 coming to Dubai. The international event held every five years will be offering a unique opportunity to Gulf based students to seek work and experience at the world-renowned fair.

09:00 Specialist Theme Option Groups

 

Theme option groups including:

  • Professional Qualifications
    • Ms. Sue Parker, Principal, TQ Colleges of Excellence, Pearson
    • Ms.Lindsay Degouve de Nuncques, ACCA
  • IT enabled partnerships
    • Tony Roach, Ellucian
    • David Carpenter, ICDL
    • Mary Farmer, Glion
    • Steve Kennet, JISC
  • Workforce Preparation: A Key Component of Quality STEM Education
    • Chair and Moderator: Anjum Malik, Co-Founder & Managing Partner – Alhambra US Chamber of Commerce. Middle East Advisor for STEM Connector.
    • Ms Lolowa AlMarzooqi, Snr Manager, Schools & Universities Engagement Department, Abu Dhabi Technology Development Committee
    • Dr. Amal Fatani, Educational Consultant, Open Access Company
    • Dr Khalid Abal Hassan, , Director of Innovation & International Outreach, RAWA International Inc.
    • Brad Boyson, Executive Director, SHRM MEA
  • Motivating Staff and Students
    • Mr Henri Kuokkanen , Research Fellow, Glion
    • Prof. Nora Colton, Deputy Vice Chancellor, University of East London Mario Boglione, ITS
10:45 Refreshment Break

 

11:15 Making International Partnerships Work

Professor Mohamed Loutfi, Pro-Vice-Chancellor Cardiff Metropolitan University

Dr. Ayoub Kazim, Managing Director Dubai Knowledge Village and Dubai International Academic City Education Cluster TECOM Investments

12:30 Lunch Exhibition And 1:1 Meetings

 

14:00 Plenary Feedback From The Option Groups

14:30 Today’s Students Need 2020 Vision

Panel members:

  • Secondary education: Wayne MacInnis, Principal, Raha International School, Abu Dhabi
  • Tertiary education: Dr. Chris Hall, President, International Horizons College, Dubai
  • Government: Essa AlMulla Chief National Workforce Development
  • Industry: Christophe Landais, Managing Director, Accor Middle East
  • Chair: Tariq Shaikh, RHT Partners
15:30 Refreshment Break And Prayer Time

 

16:00 Panel Session

Reflections and learning points

  • H.E Professor Sultan Abu Orabi, Secretary General of the Association of the Arab Universities, Jordan
  • Dr Naji Al Mahdi, Chief of Qualifications and Awards, KHDA & Chief, National Institute of Vocational Education
16:45 Chairman’s Closing Remarks

 

17:00 Networking Opportunities

Gala Dinner

H.E. Sheikh Nahyan officially opened the event with an enlightening and inspiring speech and kindly awarded the Gulf Education Recognition Awards to important contributors to global education.

 

  • One of the recipients of an award was H.E. Amal Al Qubaisi, Director General of ADEC who went on to make an informative speech regarding instructive aspects of education development being undertaken by ADEC throughout the UAE.
  • One of the many highlights of the official event opening was an exclusive award that went to H.E. Sheikh Nahyan – he was officially awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Amanda Nimmon Peters, Dean of Hult International Business School.

Gallery

Award Organizational Categories Winner Hand to
The Most Effective International Partnership (Education/Education) Abu Dhabi Police GHQ, Ministry of Interior His Excellency Major General Mohammed bin Al Awadi Al Menhali, General Director of Human Resources, General Director of Police Operations and Head of the Quality and Excellence Team at Abu Dhabi Police GHQ
Etihad Cadet Pilot Program Wissam Hachem
Best Technology Provider for Higher Education ITS ITS CEO
The Most Innovative Advance in Teaching Employability Skills ADVETI Dr. Adel Alamri
The Most Effective Scheme in Motivating Academic Staff to Engage with the Employability Agenda TVTC Eng Khalid
Innovation in Education for the Special Needs Sector SEDRA Foundation Muna Salem Al Ameri, Senior Specialist, Office of the Foreign Minister, UAE
Excellence and Learning Technology Bright Space/D2L – Heather Hennessy Hany Alshazali
People Categories:
Abu Dhabi Science Festival Abu Dhabi Technology Development Committee H. E Ahmed Saeed AlCalily
Lifetime Achievement Award H.E Alhasan aladaoudi Minister of Higher Education Moroco H.E Alhasan aladaoudi Minister of Higher Education Moroco
Education and Training Global Leader Award His Excellency Major General Mohammed bin Al Awadi Al Menhali, General Director of Human Resources, General Director of Police Operations and Head of the Quality and Excellence Team at Abu Dhabi Police GHQ His Excellency Major General Mohammed bin Al Awadi Al Menhali, General Director of Human Resources, General Director of Police Operations and Head of the Quality and Excellence Team at Abu Dhabi Police GHQ

Speakers

The event had an extraordinary line-up of policy makers, pioneers in education, and experts in all areas of education development participating and offering their expertise and insight. Many of the speakers and contributors to the event program have submitted their presentations for future use. These will be available soon on our website for your attention and information.

  • Prof Tawfik Al Khoja

    Executive Board of the Health, Minister Council for GCC States

  • H.E. Dr. Al Hassen Al Daoudi

    Minister of Higher Education, Scientific Research & Executive Training, Kingdom of Morocco

  • H.E. Dr. Thani Ahmed Al-Zeyoudi

    Permanent Representative of the UAE to IRENA Director of Energy and Climate Change at the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs

  • The Rt Hon The Lord David Triesman

    Director, Salamanca Group

  • David Lock

    Director of International Projects, The Leadership Foundation

  • Dr. Amin A.Mahmoud

    Minister of Higher education and Scientific Research, Amman, Jordan

  • Dr. Abdeslam Seddik

    Minister of Employment and Social Affairs, Kingdom of Morocco

  • Mr. Essa Al Mulla

    Executive Director, National Workforce Development, UAE

  • Dr. Ayoub Kazim

    Managing Director Dubai Knowledge Village and Dubai International Academic City Education Cluster TECOM Investments

  • Professor. Refat Abdelhalim Alfaouri

    Director General of the Arab Administrative Development Organization – League of Arab States

  • Prof. Sultan T. Abu-Orabi

    Secretary General of the Association of the Arab Universities, Jordan

  • Dr. Saad Znad Darwish

    Vice President for Administrative Affairs & Administratively Engagement at Applied Science University(ASU) in Bahrain

  • Mr. Martin Prince

    BUiD’s Registrar, The British University in Dubai

  • Dr. Tayeb A. Kamali

    Vice Chancellor, Higher Colleges of Technology, UAE

  • Dr. Khalid M. Abalhassan

    Director of Innovation & International Outreach, RAWA International Inc

  • Mr. Tony Roach

    Strategic Development Manager, Ellucian

  • Dr. Aisha Al-Azemi

    Supreme Council of Education, Kuwait

  • Dr. Addel Al Ameri

    Managing Director of the Abu Dhabi Vocational Education and Training Institute

  • Dr. Khalid Al-afari

    General manager of Career Guidance & Recruitment Center (CCGR) at Technical & Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC) in Saudi Arabia

  • Prof. Khalid Bin Abdulrahman

    Professor of Family Medicine & Medical education, Vice Rector for Planning, Development & Quality

  • Dr. Wissam Hachem

    Vice President of Learning & Development at Etihad Airways

  • Prof. Eman Gaad

    Dean Faculty of Education, British University in Dubai

  • Dr. Lolowa Al Marzooqi

    Senior Manager, Schools & Universities Science & Technology Promotion

  • Dr. Abdullah Mohammed AlShamsi

    Vice Chancellor of The British University in Dubai (BUiD) in February 2007. Under his leadership

  • Mr. Hanny Alshazly

    Regional Director, MEA – Desire2Learn (D2L) Educational Technology Consultant

  • Mr. John Gay

    Regional Director UAE, Rolls-Royce International Appointed

  • Professor Mohamed Loutfi

    Pro Vice-Chancellor (International), Cardiff Metropolitan University

  • Dr. Abhilasha Singh

    Dean of College of Education and Director of International Office, American University in the Emirates

  • Mr. Westring

    Vice President at EF Education First (EF) and heads EF’s Global Business Development & Partnership

  • Dr. Nadera AlBorno

    Assistant professor in the School of Education at the American University in Dubai

  • Mr. Robert Chater

    Executive Director, HULT International Business School, Dubai

  • Professor Nora Colton

    Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic and Research), University of East London

  • Ms. Lindsay Degouve De Nuncques

    Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

  • Ms. Mayssa Dawi

    Regional Schools Manager for the British Council in MENA Middle East and North Africa

  • Mr. Steve Kennett

    Head of Operational Services, IT Enabled Partnerships

  • Ms. Sue Parker

    Principal of the TQ Colleges of Excellence, Saudi Arabia

  • Mr. Wayne MacInnis

    Principal Raha International School

  • Mr. Mario Boglione

    Higher Education Advisor, British Council

  • Ms. Estelle Chambost

    Director of Human Resources Accor HotelServices Gulf & Levant

  • Mr. N. Tariq Shaikh

    Economist, Financier, Investment Advisor, RHT Partners

Exhibitors