Bett to host global and regional keynote speakers

Bett will take place 6 and 7 April at the Intercontinental Hotel in Abu Dhabi

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Bett to host global and regional keynote speakers  Gordon Payne: "The Middle East market, and especially the UAE, is unique in its high adoption of education technology in its learning environments."
By  Aasha Bodhani Published  March 22, 2016

Education technology exhibition, Bett, has announced its Middle East Leadership Forum and Expo will take place in Abu Dhabi next month.

The exhibition will be hosted in partnership with the Abu Dhabi Education Council, where it will discuss the transformation of education in the region, whilst promoting the use of technology to enhance learning.

The key speakers will address various education innovation themes, such as influence of game-changing EdTech, quality of education in the region, management of security risks in the digital learning environment and improving standards of English and Arabic through language learning.

"The Middle East market, and especially the UAE, is unique in its high adoption of education technology in its learning environments. However, a gap for information and sharing best-practices still exists. The Bett Middle East Leadership Forum aims to bridge this gap by bringing key regional and global leaders from the education sector under one roof, and facilitating an information-rich knowledge-sharing platform for regional educators," said Gordon Payne, Divisional Director, Bett Middle East, i2i Events.

H.E. Dr. Ali Rashid Al Noaimi, Director General of Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) will present opening remarks on the first day, which will be followed by a case-study looking into "Human capital for transitioning to a sustainable, global knowledge economy". This presentation will look at how the region can facilitate and implement an education system that is based on excellence and is dedicated to improving social values.

Microsoft, a partner to Bett, will also deliver a keynote address on "Transforming Today to Achieve More Tomorrow", which will be presented by Anthony Salcito, vice president - Worldwide Education, Microsoft USA. In addition, an interactive keynote polling panel on students, computers and learning will be chaired by Samer Abu Ltaif, regional general manager at Microsoft Gulf, and will use the OECD 2015 report as a basis to poll and discuss pertinent issues affecting the education sector.

Later in the event, Mohammed Gheyath, director general of the Mohammad Bin Rashid Smart Learning Program in Dubai, will deliver a speech discussing transforming educational systems and how applying world-class education can help students become strong future leaders.

In addition, Faryal Khan, Programme Specialist (National Priority Research Program, Education for All, Sector-wide Policies and Planning), UNESCO Doha Office, will outline the Education 2030 initiative, highlighting the implications of applying the global framework for action in a regional context.

Bett will take place April 6 and 7 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Abu Dhabi and expects to host approximately 1000 education leaders from more than 15 countries.

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