Plenary session

Date: Tue December 7, 2010

Schedule: 09.30 - 10.30 (UTC+3h)

Location: Doha, Qatar

Moderated by: Ms Nima ABU-WARDEH

The underlying premise of WISE is that education is paramount in enabling mankind to navigate the risks, challenges and opportunities of our rapidly changing world. The ability to transform knowledge into sophisticated understanding and imaginative action is the core discipline that enables us to anticipate evolution in all fields, from geopolitics to ecology, energy needs to distribution of wealth, climate change to demographics and health. By anticipating change and its possible consequences, we are better able to implement responsible and sustainable stewardship of our societies and the world. We need to conceive, incubate and rescale new educational paradigms, and we need to share best practices internationally. We need to rethink the very nature of learning, knowledge building, critical thinking and creativity, and this approach needs to be embedded in career paths characterised by flexibility and adaptability. We must build new coalitions of multiple stakeholders, extending far beyond the traditional boundaries of education. The raison d’être of WISE is to bring together people from diverse backgrounds to seek innovative change in global education which will invest humanity with the capacity to confront the critical challenges of our times.

 Official Welcome by Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser AL MISSNED, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation

Introduction to WISE 2010 by H.E. Dr Abdulla bin Ali AL-THANI, Chairman of WISE, Qatar Foundation


  • Ms Nima ABU-WARDEH

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  • His Excellency Sheikh Abdulla bin Ali AL-THANI, Ph.D.

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