No. 10

Education and Jobs of the Future: Developing Qualified Human Capital to Secure the UAE’s Progress

  • 12 - 13 November 2019

The Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) 10th Annual Education Conference, titled ‘Education and Jobs of the Future: Developing Qualified Human Capital to Secure the UAE’s Progress’, will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, November 12 and 13, 2019. This year’s conference examines a vital issue that has come to dominate the interests of all countries – the role of education in the face of unprecedented transformations brought by the Fourth Industrial Revolution and Artificial Intelligence. Taking a comprehensive and in-depth approach, the conference consists of four expert panels; Education and Preparing UAE Generations for 4IR; Jobs of the Future: Ambitions and Challenges; Exploring the Future through Higher Education, and, Successful International Experiences in Education. Each of these subjects raises a number of important questions on the future of the education system in the UAE and its relation to new jobs, particularly in light of research that predicts robots and smart devices could soon replace humans in many roles.

Underpinning this year’s conference is the idea that jobs of the future will depend on modern professional abilities, as well as technical skills and knowledge. Any country able to cultivate and master these skills will have a distinct advantage in enhancing international competitiveness.

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10th Annual Education Conference

Education and Jobs of the Future: Developing Qualified Human Capital to Secure the UAE’s Progress

Tuesday & Wednesday, 12-13 November, 2019

Day One: Tuesday, 12 November 2019
09:30 Registration
Welcoming Remarks
10:00 H.E. Prof. Jamal Sanad Al-Suwaidi

Director General, Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR), United Arab Emirates

Keynote Addresses
10:10 H.E. Eng. Hussain bin Ibrahim Al Hammadi

Minister of Education, United Arab Emirates

H.E. Najat Vallaud-Belkacem 

Former Minister for Education, Higher Education and Research, Republic of France

H.E. Dr. Abdulrahman bin Mohamed Al-Asmi

Vice Minister of Education, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

10:40 Break
Panel I: Education and Preparing UAE Generations for 4IR
Panel Chair H.E. Abdullah Ali bin Zayed Al Falasi

Director General, Dubai Government Human Resources Department, United Arab Emirates

10:50 The Educational System and Ambitions of the UAE Leadership

Mr. Essa Al Mulla

Chief of National Work Force Development, Knowledge and Human Development Authority-Dubai, United Arab Emirates

11:10 Educational Strategies and Challenges for 4IR and Beyond

Prof. Bryan E. Penprase

Dean of Faculty and Professor of Science, Undergraduate Program, Soka University of America, United States of America

11:30 Artificial Intelligence and Modern Education Technology: Between Theory and Practice

Dr. Najla Al Naqbi

Educational Technology Expert, Department of Education and Knowledge – ADEK, United Arab Emirates

11:50 Discussion
12:10 Break
Panel II: Jobs of the Future: Ambitions and Challenges
Panel Chair Ms. Souad Al Suwaidi

Deputy Secretary-General of the Khalifa Award for Education, United Arab Emirates

12:20 Educational Outcomes and Satisfying the Demands of the UAE Labor Market

Ms. Asma Al Katheeri

General Manager, Sundus Recruitment Services, United Arab Emirates

12:40 The Role of Vocational and Technical Training in Preparing for Jobs of the Future

H.E. Dr. Abdulrahman Jassim Al Hammadi

Managing Director, Abu Dhabi Vocational Education and Training Institute, United Arab Emirates

13:00 Opportunities for People of Determination as Partners in Future Development

Dr. Ahmed Al Omran Al Shamsi

Chairman of the Advisory Council for People of Determination, United Arab Emirates

13:20 Discussion
Opinion Poll Results: Graduates’ Skills Compatibility to UAE Labor Market Requirements
13:40 Mr. Fahad Al Mahri

Acting Head of Opinion Polls Department, Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR), United Arab Emirates

13:50 End of Day One Proceedings
Day Two: Wednesday, 13, November  2019
Keynote Address
09:30 Registration
10:00 H.E. Sarah bint Yousif  Al Amiri

Minister of State for Advanced Sciences, United Arab Emirates

10:10 Break
Panel III: Exploring the Future through Higher Education
Panel Chair Mr. Sulaiman Al Kaabi

CEO, Future Foresight Foundation – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

10:20 The Role of Scientific Research in Enhancing the Educational Process and Building a Knowledge Economy

Prof. Martina Newell-McGloughlin

Director of Research, Innovation and Knowledge Division, Department of Education and Knowledge – ADEK, United Arab Emirates

10:40 Future Universities: Novel Specializations for Innovative Jobs

Dr. Loh Ai Poh

Associate Professor, Director of Innovation & Design Programme, National University of Singapore, Republic of Singapore

11:00 Promoting International Cooperation in Higher Education and Technology Transfer

Prof. Calin Gurau

Professor, Montpellier Business School, Republic of France

11:20 Discussion
11:40 Break
Panel IV: Successful International Experiences in Education
Panel Chair Mr. Juma Al Rumaithi

Director of the Scholarships Office, Ministry of Presidential Affairs, United Arab Emirates

11:50 Singapore’s Experience

Prof. Guaning Su

President Emeritus, Nanyang Technological University, Republic of Singapore

12:10 Canada’s Experience

Dr. Saul Carliner

Director, Educational Technology Program, Concordia University, Canada

12:30 Finland’s Experience

Dr. Eila Lindfors

Professor, Department of Teacher Education, University of Turku, Finland

12:50 Discussion
13:10 Conference Recommendations
13:20 Closing Remarks
H.E. Prof. Jamal Sanad Al-Suwaidi

Director General, Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR)

13:30 End of Conference Proceedings

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