WAI Director General takes part as a Delegate in WISE 2017, Doha, Qatar, 14-16 November 2017

WISE EDU PRIZE WinnerIt is now universally recognized that education and training are two sides of the key to development. Countries that have understood this matter of fact at the right time and invested accordingly in the education sector, are currently seeing the appreciable results of this decision.

Thus, Qatar has from the beginning made quality education a priority for its socio-economic development and consolidated this political will by initiating in 2009 an innovative concept called World Innovation Summit for Education - WISE. Taking place annually during the first years, WISE has become a  Biennale since 2013.

WISE allows participants, education specialists and stakeholders, from the whole world to meet to share their experiences and discover the major innovations in the sector. WISE can be described in many ways as a space for constructive dialogue among representatives of the five continents.


WISE 2017 2The theme of the eighth edition of WISE, in which WAI Director General took part, was entitled "Co-exist - Co-Create - Learning to Live and Work Together", held in Doha like the previous ones, from 14 as of November 16, 2017 encompassed a 3-pillar program:

Learning to Learn – New perspectives and practices in teaching and learning;

Co-Existing in a Changing World – Developping skills, attitudes and values to shape tomorrow;

Co-Creating Knowledge Societies: Transitioning from knowledge economies to knowledge societies:

More than 2,000 delegates from around the world took part in this international event.

One of the highlights of WISE was the presentation by the Chairperson of the Qatar Foundation,

Her Highness Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser of the WISE Education Award to Dr. Patrick Awuah, Jr.,

Founder and President. Ashesi University, Accra, Ghana.

Other memorable moments were the poening speech by Her Highness Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser , the key note speech by the President of Ghana, HE Nana Akufo-Addo and the addresses of the General Secretary of the United Nations Organizations, Antonio Guterres and the First Lady of Turkey.

Other events marked the eighth education, including:

The Special addressof Fareed Zakaria, political journalist at CNN on “Education in a post-truth world” WISE Voices 2017

The presentation of the six new WISE Awards Projects

 Authors presentation

 New research from the WISE CamBioScience Accelerator

 The exhibition 

At the closing ceremony, the CEO of WISE, Dr. Stravos N. Yiannouka, unveiled the ambitious WISE program for 2018 as a prelude to the ninth edition to be held in Doha in 2019.

WISE Closing Ceremony

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