The 5th Gulf Education Conference Abu Dhabi UAE 18th – 19th March 2015

Endorsed By GCC

About

Gulf Education Conference and Exhibition, UAE 18th – 19th March 2015

We are delighted to be working towards the 5th year of Gulf Education, and even more so to announce that this year's event will be held in UAE, following huge demand from our participants. We are anticipating a high attendance from Ministers of Education from a number of countries in the region, alongside education pioneers, leaders and practitioners from all over the globe. As in previous years, Gulf Education will showcase developments in education, highlighting the great innovations taking place in the world of academia. The event will continue to provide a strong platform where international partnerships can be formed and an exchange of best practices, expertise and insight can be realised. Discussions at the conference will serve to guide the development of education in institutions and countries throughout the region.

The focus of the Gulf Education Conference 2015 is the twin themes of

  • vocational education including workforce development and 21st Century skills.
  • employer engagement with educational institutions.

With this in mind, this year’ s agenda will continue to look forwards in the support of all institutions to strategize and provide the best and most diverse curricula and facilities for today’s student ensuring every possible type of education provision, both traditional and non-traditional, has a place within the programme.

We are also looking closely at the rigorous requirements for workforce development, focusing on high in-demand industry sectors and seeking out the pre-eminent vocational training implementers and providers that will support the region's strong drive in strengthening and perfecting their home-grown talent.

As in previous years a number of opportunities for networking will be designed into the programme, ranging from the Gala Awards Dinner to individual bookable appointments with people of interest.

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Who should attend?

Educators (universities, academies, institutes, colleges, language schools):

  • Ministers of education and higher education, labour and ICT.
  • Head of schools and colleges.
  • Vice chancellors for international relations.
  • Head of corporate and HR.
  • Management of university international departments.
  • International marketing professionals of universities, academies, institutes, university colleges.
  • Country development and regional managers of the institutions.
  • Language schools who have proposition to cooperate with universities.

State and NGO educational organizations

  • State agencies (organization) for promotion of education for foreigners.
  • Embassies.
  • Representatives of Ministry of Education and Science.

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Why attend?

  • Invaluable 1-2-1 meetings and tactical introductions with senior level decision makers, top officials & global education providers; will give visitors key advantages to initiate & create long-lasting partnerships.
  • Liaise & generate new business with over 300 industry specific delegates from around the world in an intimate gathering Influential industry leading GCC & International renowned speakers will go beyond to broaden your knowledge.
  • Easily develop networks of global connections as we boast unsurpassed networking opportunities.
  • Two-days of inspiring & educational presentations, workshops, panel sessions & private meetings.
  • We will strive to help you form successful partnerships with senior global experts, key decision makers and notable Educators.
  • Experience a conference first-hand which 2011’s delegates have described as an ’incredible event’.
  • Be part of a turnkey event for ’Education’ to shape the GCC and its International Partners.
  • The exhibition will provide a think-tank environment that encourages fresh & inspired ideas, market intelligence & knowledge across global regions.
  • Opportunities to discuss student recruitment programmes, ways to Increase international enrollments, procure services, technology, funding, resources and Industry best practices.
  • LEARN how to get full advantage of all international student recruitment techniques and strategies.
  • OBTAIN unparalleled knowledge on the latest trends impacting middle east education industry and come to grips with the most recent know-how in international cooperation.
  • ENLARGE your professional network significantly by being in a live face-to-face setting with more than 1000 Educator specialists and foreign peers from the education community worldwide.
  • ESTABLISH long-term solid partnerships with educational establishments of your interest by conducting 1-2-1 appointments.
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Speakers

Learn From The Leaders

The format of this event will be dynamic and interactive. We will have 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.
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Some of the Events Speakers

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

Mr. David Lock

Director of International and UK Projects at the Leadership Foundation

Dr. Amin A.Mahmoud

Minister of Higher education and Scientific Research,Amman,Jordan

The Rt Hon The Lord David Triesman

Director, Salamanca Group

Dr. Abdeslam SEDDIKI

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

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

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

Professor. 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

Dr.Abhilasha Singh

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

Professor Mohamed Loutfi

Pro Vice-Chancellor (International), Cardiff Metropolitan University

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

Mr. Carl-Johan Westring

Vice President, EF Education First

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

Ms. Estelle CHAMBOST

Director of Human Resources Accor HotelServices Gulf & Levant

Prof Dr. Saad Znad Darwish

Vice President for Administrtative Affairs &Finance & Community Engagement at Applied Science University(ASU) in Bahrain

Mr. Martin Prince

BUiD's Registrar, The British University in Dubai

Mr. John Gay

Regional Director UAE, Rolls-Royce International Appointed

Mr. N. TARIQ SHAIKH

Economist, Financier, Investment Advisor, RHT Partners

Gala Awards Dinner

Gala Awards Dinner

The Gulf Education Gala Awards Dinner will be held on the first night of the conference and is proud to host the 5th Gulf Education Awards Ceremony.

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 opportunity to network or sit back and be entertained!

Building on the success of last year, the Gulf Education Award will give recognition to progressive and innovative institutions who are striving to make advancements in teaching programmes, resources, facilities and their academic positioning.

The catagories for this year's Gulf Education Award are being finalise and will be annouched here.

If you wish to nominate an inspiring individual who you feel deserves to be recognised for their contribution within the education sector, please do call or email us to discuss this further. We look forward to welcoming you there!

Registration of this year's Gala Award Dinner is open.

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If you would like to nominate a university, school, academy, faculty or business from the categories below please contact us for more information.

  • 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 Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Other

Award 2015 Nomination Form

Schedule

The Evening of 17 th March 2015

The programme for this year's Gulf Education Conference and Exhibition provides 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 programme starts on 17th March, with exhibitors and participants commencing set up at the ECSSR. There will also be an exclusive drinks reception held by Etihad Airlines for which invitations are available, please contact the organisers for these.

First Day

This year's conference agenda has been influenced by the overwhelming demand for a closer insight into education for employment and workforce development, accordingly we have a number of key speakers both from the MENA region and globally who will be offering their expertise and valuable experiences in the ongoing development of this provision. Today's line up of speakers will all present from the main plenary session and there will be Q&A opportunities after most sessions.

On Wednesday 18th March we begin with our Chairman, David Lock opening proceedings at 0900am and leading into a Ministerial Presentation, the Official Opening taking place at 10.30am by H.H. Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development of the United Arab Emirates and Ministerial Delegation.

His Highness will also at this time, kindly make the Gulf Education Recognition Awards to the worthy recipients, before himself receiving an important and honorary award.

The programme will then return to the conference agenda located within the main plenary room, before delegates retire for lunch and networking. The conference continues after lunch through to 5.45pm, when further opportunities to network on-site are available.

The Gulf Education Gala Dinner takes place at 8.00pm at the ECSSR, giving all participants a relaxed and warm atmosphere in which to socialise and network with event participants and invitees from the Region.

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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
  • HE Mubarak Al-Shamsi, ACTVET
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

HE Dr. Amal Al Qubaisi, Director General, ADEC
  • 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
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
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
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

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 opportunity 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 programmes, 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 Lifetime Achievement Award

Second Day

This morning's sessions will consist of a number of relevant, and influencing specialist areas within the education and workforce development remit. We have brought together key pioneers and active leaders in these areas who will speak of their experiences, ideas and processes of which the professional and academic world are modelling within their own practices and discussions. Delegates may select a session that is of particular interest for the morning session, and then all delegates will join together within the plenary room to discuss findings, and continue with the agenda.

The second day of the conference kicks off with four separate breakout sessions for delegates to choose from. Each of these will be run simultaneously and will reconvene back into the plenary session where outcomes from each will be discussed.

The remainder of the agenda will take place within the main plenary room with breaks and networking opportunities throughout the day, before the conference closes at 17.00hrs on Thursday 18th March.

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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
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
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
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

Venue

Conference Will Be Held At

Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research

We are delighted to announce that the event will be held at the Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research, which is located within walking distance of the Dusit Thani Hotel, where most of our participants and guests will be staying.

Getting Here


Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research
Al Nahyan, ALmuroor Street
Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates
Telephone: +971 2 404 4411
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Hotel Near By


Dusit Thani Abu Dhabi
925 Muroor Street
P.O. Box 52799
Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates
Telephone: +971 (2) 698 8888
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Advisory Board

Prof Tawfik Al Khoja

Executive Board of the Health, Minister Council for GCC States

Mr. David Lock

Director of International and UK Projects at the Leadership Foundation

Mr. Essa Al Mulla

Executive Director, National Workforce Development, UAE

Prof. Sultan T. Abu-Orabi

Secretary General of the Association of the Arab Universities, Jordan

Dr. Khalid Al-afari

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

Dr Tayeb A. Kamali

Vice Chancellor, Higher Colleges of Technology, UAE

Dr. John Law

Higher Education Advisor, British Council

Dr Aisha Al-Azemi

Supreme Council of Education, Kuwait

Mr. Hanny Alshazly

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

Sponsors

Sponsorship plays a major role in the success of our event.

For this event we have created a good mix of dynamic and bespoke sponsorship and participation opportunities, designed to provide a strong vehicle with which to heighten the profile of your company, highlighting your key messages to a focused and high calibre audience.
There are a number of different packages, each providing a superb level of exposure, all at different budget levels - all ensuring that your participation is maximised to its full potential.
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Lead Sponsorship Package:    As a Lead Sponsor you will receive a customised package enabling you to showcase your organisation as a leading global education provider.

Platinum Sponsor:    This role provides a number of premium promotional platforms throughout the event including bespoke meetings, and coverage.

Gold Sponsor:    An extensive package of promotional opportunities throughout the event, coupled with extended media coverage.

Silver Sponsor:    A full exhibition package, with extended media coverage and fantastic networking opportunities.

Official Airline Sponsor:    An opportunity to support our high profile speakers, partners and delegates at an international level.

Delegate Bag Sponsor:     Each speaker and delegate will receive this bag containing full conference programme, notepad, pen and your company information within it.


Lanyard Sponsor:    Each participant will receive a lanyard, along with their name badge which they will wear for the duration of the conference. This provides a strong opportunity to promote your organisation in a highly visible way.

Stationery Sponsor:    Each delegate will receive a conference notepad and pen featuring the sponsor's logo within their delegate bag.

Delegate Gift:    An opportunity to promote your brand through the supply of a branded gift.

The two day programme will also run in parallel to interactive exhibition showcasing the leading education suppliers. We will bring together a high profile database of key decision makers and potential investors, offering our sponsors and exhibitors unparalleled access to a unique and relevant audience.
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Exhibition Package:    A comprehensive package of exhibition stand; furniture and signage in a prime position of the event ensuring the maximum interest and footfall. Each package as above gives each company coverage in the conference programme and on the official website.

Advertising Opportunities:     A valuable reference tools for all participants of the event; our website, conference programme and delegate bags are a valuable way to ensure your company gains maximum and direct contact with our speakers, delegates, sponsors and delegates.

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