Emirati Students Lead Discussion at ECSSR 4th Annual Education Conference

  • 19 September 2013

The Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies & Research's (ECSSR) 4th Annual Education Conference, held under the patronage of His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, for the first time hosted a student-led panel discussion on the future of innovation, knowledge production and the internationalisation of education during the final day of the conference.

Fatima Al-Marri, Chief Executive Officer of the Dubai Schools Agency's Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), chaired the student panel discussion titled: �Student Perspectives on Innovation Knowledge Production and the Internationalisation of Education.' Fatima Al-Marri was joined by students from Paris Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi (PSUAD), the American University of Sharjah and the Khalifa University of Science, Technolgy and Research (KUSTAR), who gave first-hand insight into current perspectives on the UAE's education system and what needs to be addressed in order to establish a healthy knowledge economy based on strong academic institutions.

Following the student panel discussion, Dr. Jamal Sanad Al-Suwaidi, Director General, ECSSR, said: "I am deeply thankful and grateful to all of the academics, researchers, experts and speakers at this conference for what they have contributed in terms of scientific effort, as represented by academic research papers and insights into the future of education in the UAE. Over the course of two days and four panel sessions rich in debate, interaction and participation we have witnessed stimulating discussions on the knowledge society and the development of creativity and innovation in the UAE." Dr. Al-Suwaidi also added: "The discussions and recommendations that have come out of this conference inspire confidence in the future, and this is doubled by our leadership's faith and confidence in our people – men, women and especially the youth. They are placing all their hope in what the youth will provide, given the infrastructure put in place for a knowledge and innovation society by our leadership that includes one of the best systems of education and scientific research in the world." In support of the UAE's vision to create a healthy knowledge economy, ECSSR holds an annual education conference that acts as a knowledge exchange platform for leading international and local experts, raising awareness of key social issues and ultimately developing a set of recommendations that will help support policy decision-making for the benefit of the whole of UAE society.