Innovation Arabia 9 Congress taking place in Dubai

Innovation event, organised by HBMSU, focuses on building the Arab world's knowledge economies

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Innovation Arabia 9 Congress taking place in Dubai Innovation Arabia 9 Congress is focused on innovation and the knowledge economy.
By  Mark Sutton Published  March 8, 2016

Innovation Arabia 9 Congress opened yesterday in Dubai, to discuss innovation in smart learning, health and the environment.

The Congress, held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and President of Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU), is taking place under the theme of ‘Accelerating Innovation Towards Sustainable Economy.'

The event has attracted government officials, decision and policy makers, intellectuals, academics, researchers, consultants, and entrepreneurs, to discuss best practice in achieving an integrated, knowledge-based economy for the Arab world.

The conference comprises of three tracks, namely Quality and Business Management, Health and Environment, and Smart Learning Excellence.

HBMSU has entered into a strategic partnership with The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization - International Bureau of Education and the Secretariat of the International Task Force on Teachers UNESCO (IBE, ED/ESC/TED) to implement the ‘Post-Graduate Diploma in Curriculum Design and Development (PGDCDD) in the Arab World.' The new cooperation is of great importance as it highly contributes to the Arab educational industry as it offers a solid ground to raise the bar on the potential of industry-related decision and policy makers and faculty members in the Arab World to enhance the quality of curriculums and thereby provide innovative, high-quality education that addresses the fast-emerging changes of the 21st century.

Dr. Mansoor Al Awar, Chancellor, HBMSU also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Professor Maria Amata Jaretto, Rector of Telematica Internazionale (UNINETTUNO), an Italian university, and Consultant for the Minister of Higher Education for creativity and technology in Italy, in order to explore the prospects of academic cooperation and scientific research in the mutual fields of interest, as well as putting a clearer direction in the establishment and management of joint training centres between the two universities to deliver world-class scientific and training services that fall in line with the rapid developments imposed by the digital era.

Al Awar commended the confidence shown by attendees in the event and the University: "This confidence urges us to continue with our efforts to positively support Dubai's and the UAE's leadership in the spread, transfer, production and nationalization of knowledge in the Arab region and beyond, as well as facilitate optimal investment in innovation, creativity and scientific research. Through Innovation Arabia, we look forward to establish common frameworks to make the best of the promising young capabilities in order to build a knowledge-based society in line with the vision and directives of the UAE's wise leadership.

"Innovation Arabia 9 complements our success over the past years in opening effective channels of communication and discussion amongst leading influencers from various industries related to business management, quality, smart learning excellence, health, and environment to find effective solutions to drive development in the Arab World. Inspired by Dubai's vision, the ninth edition of the event follows an ambitious approach aimed at finding new strategies to shape a secure and sustainable future for the coming generations through innovation which is currently gaining great importance as an urgent requirement to promote competitiveness in international landscape. We hope that these extensive discussions will yield positive results in terms of bolstering intellectual, research and leadership excellence in the Arab World by establishing a roadmap to support creative ideas and recognize positive imprints of leaders in the fields of education, environment, health, quality and business," Al Awar concluded.

The Innovation Arabia 9 Congress runs until 9th March, and includes round-table meetings, workshops, lectures and official and non-official panel discussions on a range of subjects related to the knowledge economy.

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