Posted on May 10, 2015

The College of Education at Qatar University (QU-CED) in conjunction with the Supreme Education Council (SEC) held a Conference on Education 2015 “Partners in Education” on May 2-3 that brought together leading scientists, researchers and scholars from various academic fields to exchange and share their knowledge, experience, and research, and in doing so, learn from each other.

The event was held under the patronage of H.E. the Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani, who is also the chairman of the Supreme Education Council (SEC). Keynote speakers were Dr Mohammed Abdul Wahed Al-Hammadi, H.E. Minister of Education and Higher Education and SEC Secretary General, University of Exeter professor of inclusive education Dr Jane Seale, consultant on designing women’s leadership programs May Rehani, QU President Prof Sheikha Abdulla Al-Misnad, SEC Education Institute Director Ms Fawzia Ali Khater and CED Dean Prof Hissa Sadiq.

QU College of Education and 2 [].jpgThe aim of the conference was to provide an international forum to present and debate challenges, innovations, and practical solutions adopted in the field of education. Presentations were delivered by academic and educators from universities and academic institutions from around the world including QU, Qatar Foundation, King Faisal University, Carnegie Mellon University, Victoria University, UNESCO International Bureau of Education, University of Massachusetts, Kuwait University, UAE University, University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, British University in Dubai, Hashemite University, University of Hail, and several others.

School teachers and education professionals from international high schools in Doha also presented on topics such as: “Global citizenship community action”; 21st Century Learning: the Finnish Approach”; “Livening up Listening”; and “Cognitive Coaching”. Nearly 120 academic papers were submitted from 25 different countries with 53 papers being accepted from 13 countries. Keynote speeches as well as the abstracts and papers will be published by QScience.

Prof Al Misnad said: “We are pleased to be partnering with the Supreme Education Council for this year’s event. Qatar University’s long history of working with the education community has always been based on close partnership and continuous dialogue as the key strategies to achieving a successful and sustainable impact. This spirit of true partnership is needed now more than ever -- stakeholders need to work together in real partnership, leveraging each other’s strengths and working to create the next generation of education leaders. Qatar University takes its commitment to the national education scene seriously, both as a source of qualified graduates in various fields of importance to social and economic development, and as a partner in educating, training, promoting, and advocating for the educators”.

Commenting on the conference, CED Dean Professor Sadiq said: “This is the first forum to take place on education with such significant international participation and it marks major collaborative efforts between the College and the SEC. As a leading partner on national education initiatives, the College continues its commitment towards drawing new ideas and trends from institutions and educators from around the world to build a global partnership on quality education that ultimately impacts our students and their future success”.

The program agenda included the inauguration of the 7th National Students Research Fair and an awards ceremony to honor the winners.