1,000 Global Leaders To Attend The First Ever World Innovation Summit for Education

                 WISE 2009 - Doha, Qatar, November 16th-18th

       Global Education: Working Together for Sustainable Achievements

    VANCOUVER, May 22 /CNW/ - 1,000 leading opinion leaders, decision-makers
and academics from diverse sectors in over 120 countries will participate in
the first ever global summit dedicated to monitoring the 21st century's
challenges on education: WISE (World Innovation Summit for Education). This
pioneering idea, initiated by the Qatar Foundation under the patronage of its
Chairperson, Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al Missned, will take
place in Doha, Qatar on November 16th-18th, 2009.
    During three days, WISE will endeavour to bring together
multi-disciplinary thinking that will enable a global educational network to
think differently, implement change and collectively meet the many educational
challenges facing us.
    In this inaugural year, the central theme of the summit will focus on
"Global Education: Working Together for Sustainable Achievements", which will
be complemented by sub-themes of Pluralism, Sustainability and Innovation.
    "Education systems have been frustratingly slow to adapt and respond in
an integrated and coordinated way, despite extraordinary advancements in how
we as individuals interact with each other and the world", explains Dr.
Abdulla bin Ali Al-Thani, Chairman of WISE and Vice President of Education,
Qatar Foundation. "WISE first edition will bring together 1,000 world leaders
to explore experiment and establish new ways to anticipate and provide the
educational evolutions, competences and patterns of tomorrow. It is critical
that graduates from the next generation are equipped to think beyond their
borders, and to meaningfully compete, connect, and cooperate with their peers
on a global scale," Dr. Abdulla bin Ali Al-Thani added.
    Through a comprehensive programme schedule that includes plenary and
break out sessions, participants will share and generate new ideas, best
practices and experimental programs across the educational sphere. Programme
available on www.wise-qatar.org
    Qatar Foundation has sent this week first WISE invitations to
international influential leaders (academics, international institutions, NGO
associations, grassroots movements, private sector, top tier media
influencers, multimedia, arts, culture and other creative communities) with
stakes in education.


    WISE (World Innovation Summit for Education) is a global, groundbreaking,
collaborative initiative established by the Qatar Foundation under the high
patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al Missned that seeks to
monitor and contribute to 21st century challenges and their impact on
education. With 1,000 major education stakeholders, opinion leaders and
decision-makers from diverse disciplines in over 120 countries participating,
WISE endeavours to propose visionary thinking on education, offer new ways of
addressing current global challenges and untapped opportunities and anticipate
future education models. The WISE Forum takes place in Doha, Qatar, from
November 16th to 18th, 2009. Web: www.wise-qatar.org


    Qatar Foundation, located in Doha, Qatar, is an independent, private,
non-profit, chartered organization founded in 1995 by decree of His Highness
Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Emir of the State of Qatar, to support
centers of excellence which develop people's abilities through investments in
human capital, innovative technology, state of the art facilities and
partnerships with elite organizations, thus raising the competency of people
and the quality of life. Web: www.qf.org.qa

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