Education and Development Prospects: Conference Vital for the Future

  • 18 August 2010

Education is the key to progress and forms the foundation for the renaissance of all societies. No nation has been able to free itself from backwardness and made advancements without utilizing and propagating knowledge. None can do so in the future. The UAE’s wise leaderships have understood this since the beginning of the Federation and have tried to convert this understanding into tangible reality. The approach is being put into practice by the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) in the form of its first annual conference on education entitled Education in the UAE: Current Status and Future Development. The conference – which is scheduled to take place from October 5-6 this year – will be held under the patronage of His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and President of ECSSR. A distinguished group of educationists and other experts from the UAE and abroad are scheduled to attend.

The conference will promote constructive interaction between research organizations and other institutions working on issues of national interest, furthering development plans and helping execute the ambitious vision of modernization. The vision of the country’s wise leadership in this regard was referred to by Dr Jamal Sanad Al-Suwaidi, the Director General of ECSSR who affirmed that the conference embodies the wise vision of the President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. He hailed the realization of the need to adapt strategies and policies that care for the human being and its future. Dr Al-Suwaidi also referred to the importance the wise leadership attaches to the development of education programs at various levels that comes from its keenness to further the progress the UAE is witnessing. Topics scheduled for discussion during the conference refers to the importance it attaches, as a prominent international scientific forum, to discuss education as the priority for development and modernization.

The conference will discuss several important issues, such as strategies for development in the country, school and higher education, modern mandates for teaching and other areas concerning educational process. Improving the quality of education in the UAE is a real investment in the nation’s present and future and there is no doubt that an annual international conference focused on this will review and propose ideas for its further development. This represents an important platform for a scientific approach towards further improving the process of education, linking it to the needs of the society and accommodating changes taking place across the world. As a result of this, the country will benefit from its ambitious development goals and leap ahead at the world stage. The education conference is also set to be a reflection of the ECSSR’s role in serving the community and its positive interaction in terms of understanding its requirements.