World Innovation Summit for Education - WISE Programme to Address 21st Century Educational Challenges

By World Innovation Summit For Education - Wise, PRNE
Sunday, November 15, 2009

International Opinion Leaders and Prominent Figures to Contribute and Attend the World Summit

DOHA, Qatar, November 16 - Her Highness Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al-Missned, Chair of
Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development will
inaugurate the first edition of the World Innovation Summit for Education -
WISE, to be held in Doha, Qatar under Her patronage on November 16th-18th in
Ritz Carlton Hotel.

The final programme for WISE, an initiative of Qatar
Foundation, reveals an all-encompassing schedule which has been orchestrated
to generate international dialogue and debate over the three days of the
Summit. The audience will participate in a series of plenary and breakout
sessions that have been designed to explore the three themes of Pluralism,
Sustainability and Innovation in education. Among the key participants this
year, WISE welcomes Guest of Honour Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO.

Her Highness will deliver the Opening address in the presence
of 1,000 participants, from the fields of education, politics, the private
sector, NGOs and media from 120 countries.

Eminent speakers will address the Summit, among which are
Gerhard Schroder, former German Chancellor; Kiyotaka Akasaka,
Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, United
Nations; Sheikha Abdulla Al-Misnad, President, University of Qatar; Anthony
, Vice President, Microsoft - Worldwide Education, Biz Stone,
Co-Founder of Twitter; as well as, Ruth Dreifuss, Chancellor, University for
Peace, former President of the Swiss Confederation (1999).

WISE - will trigger a coordinated and comprehensive
international effort to address educational challenges of the 21st century.
Over 90 world-class speakers and moderators will attend the Summit.
Throughout the three days the delegates will pool their expertise, share new
ideas, detail best practices in education, and work towards ultimately
developing a blueprint for sustainable, innovative and pluralistic education.

The stand-out features of the WISE programme (detailed in full
below) are the 5 plenary sessions and 19 breakout sessions aligned with the
Summit's main theme of "Global Education: Working Together for Sustainable
Achievements" and incorporating the three interwoven sub-themes of Pluralism,
Sustainability and Innovation.

Through the theme of Pluralism, WISE looks to work together
towards greater mutual respect and understanding, promote increased access
and equality to education and prepare students for their role as global

Sustainability focuses on educational systems through funding,
governance, meeting needs and integrating different educational levels.

The theme of Innovation will be explored in the context of
facilitating access to information, driving change in content and
anticipating future trends.

The 19 breakout sessions will allow renowned leaders and
education specialists to present their visions while engaging with the
audience for an interactive experience. These sessions will focus on some of
education's most pressing challenges, these include: 'Global Education',
'National Policies', 'Selected Priorities', 'Solutions' and 'Tomorrow's

The WISE Awards - an international call for pioneering
education-related projects, attracted 588 worldwide entries. Six laureates,
selected by a renowned international jury, will have the opportunity to
showcase their projects before leading influencers and collect a grand prize
of $20,000. The laureates will be honoured at a prestigious Gala Dinner on
the second evening of WISE on November 17th in the presence of Her Highness
and Ms Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, First Lady of France.

The ultimate goal of WISE is to find constructive ways to turn
words into actions in order to collaboratively identify future trends and
address current education challenges at local, national and international
levels. On November 18th the Closing Plenary Session - will serve to draw the
Final Declaration which will sum up main conclusions, ideas and determine
concrete actions for the next years to come. These conclusions and highlights
of the Summit will serve to draft the "WISE Final Report," as well as help
create the WISE follow-up structure, both will ensure that concepts are
converted into measurable actions and that new international collaborations
are initiated.

Discover the entire programme on WISE website:

About WISE

WISE (World Innovation Summit for Education) is a global,
groundbreaking collaborative initiative established by the Qatar Foundation
under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al Missned.
WISE seeks to monitor and contribute to 21st century challenges and their
impact on education. With 1,000 leading 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 will
take place in Doha, Qatar, from November 16th to 18th, 2009. Full details on
the WISE website:

About Qatar Foundation

Founded in 1995 by decree of His Highness Sheikh Hamad Bin
Khalifa Al Thani
, Emir of Qatar, Qatar Foundation is a non-profit
organization focusing on education, scientific research and community
development. Under Qatar Foundation's umbrella are Education City, which
comprises elite universities, several academic and training programs and
Qatar Science and Technology Park, which boasts more than twenty-one
world-class companies involved in scientific research and development.

Chaired by Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al Missned,
Qatar Foundation also aims to enhance lives through community development
initiatives including Doha Debates, Reach out To Asia and Al Jazeera
Children's Channel.

Joint venture partnerships in the areas of design, ICT,
telecommunications, policy studies and event management contribute to
fulfilling the objectives of the Qatar Foundation.

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