The transformation of education from the
traditional model into a new model was aimed at enhancing the UAE competitiveness
in the future and developing the capabilities of the UAE students and society, particularly
in light of the huge influences of modern technologies, according to a number
of education officials and experts inside and outside the UAE. By virtue of the
directives of its wise leadership, the UAE was geared up for this issue by
making a quantum leap in education and including qualitative plans and
indicators in the UAE Centennial 2071 to promote it, they said.
This was announced during the inaugural ceremony of
the two-day Fifth International Conference organized by the Regional Center for
Educational Planning at the Teacher Training Institute in Ajman under the theme
‘Future of Education and Drivers of Change’.
The conference was attended by HE Dr. Mohammed Al
Mualla, Undersecretary for Academic Affairs of Higher Education, and Dr.
Ibrahim Bin Abdul Mohsen Al Budaiwi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of
Education for Planning and Development in Saudi Arabia. It was also attended by
a number of Ministry of Education leaders and a group of educational experts
from inside and outside the country.
The conference is aimed at ensuring an effective
dialogue between policy makers and education staff and researchers with a view
to coming up with innovative development ideas for the issues facing education
systems. It also seeks to enhance research with a view to getting familiar with
the drivers of education future and dealing with
the challenges posed by the technological, social, political, economic and
scientific changes on education systems.
In its fifth edition, the conference highlights
the need to support, promote and disseminate knowledge on the drivers of education
future through four major activities including keynote sessions, interactive
workshops, panel discussions and future stations.
Local, regional and international education experts
are participating in the conference, which features three major themes: Future
education in the age of digital transformation, education for future careers
and future education curricula. Each theme has a number of subtitles to support
The conference provides a model of what education
systems can be in the future through ‘interactive stations’ in which a driver
that affects the future of education systems is showcased and the participants
are asked to imagine what the future perceptions of education can bring about.
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