Sharjah Tatweer Forum holds education innovation retreat

Event discussed technology innovation in education processes

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Sharjah Tatweer Forum holds education innovation retreat The retreat aimed to understand how the skills gap between education and employment could be closed using innovative methods in the education process, says Al Blooshi. (ITP Images)
By  Mark Sutton Published  December 11, 2017

Sharjah Tatweer Forum (STF) has held a retreat for government, academic institutions, and businesses to discuss ‘eduvation' - technology innovation in education processes.

The two-day event, hosted at the Ritz Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, covered Eduvation, concentrating on critical thinking, learning and applying knowledge, behavioural skills, and the ability adapt to changing environments.

The retreat included sessions on the use of Eduvation to develop education processes; the education ecosystem and different stakeholders; how innovation is transforming approaches to education, and transforming education into business results.

The event also included a session on solution development and impact measurement: leveraging innovative education tools for skills-development.

HE Jassem Al Blooshi, Member of the Board of Trustees of the Rubu' Qarn Foundation for Creating Future Leaders and Innovators commented: "The focus on Eduvation this year was driven by our commitment to explore the future of learning, skills and the workplace, based on the needs and trends of the local and global markets. This is especially important in response to the statistics that have revealed that a significant number of university graduates do not end up in jobs that commensurate with their educational background. Furthermore, the statistics indicated that some employees do not have the required skillsets for their roles. This has caused a skill gap in the job market and the educational system must provide the required capabilities.

"Today, we are living in a digital age, and this requires a different and new calibre of employees. Digital innovations have changed the way we work, for example, in the future robotics will replace a lot of jobs currently carried out by humans, and we must cope with these changes that are happening now and in the future. The job market must take a holistic approach, and strong partnerships must be created between the private, public and academic sectors to periodically and collaboratively review the current approaches to learning and education. Equally importantly, we must harness the available technologies to improve education," he added.

Al Blooshi pointed out those non-educational institutions also play an important part, such as the Rubu' Qarn Foundation for Creating Future Leaders and Innovators and the institutions under its umbrella, in meeting the job market's prerequisites. A student learns skills over a period of 25 years, from their school years to a post-graduate level. One of the postgraduate training courses which complement education is the Sharjah Leadership Programme, which is one of the annual programmes organised by Sharjah Tatweer Forum. It is based on three levels: higher education, vocational training, and providing individuals with exceptional skills through job training.

STF, a part of the Rubu' Qarn Foundation for Creating Future Leaders and Innovators, was formed to promote awareness about sustainable development using key international, regional, and local trends.

Hazem Galal, Partner and Cities and Local Government Sector Global Leader at PricewaterhouseCoopers said: "We were happy to support Sharjah Tatweer Forum once again, to actually bring together a group of talented individuals who worked together towards a common cause. In this case, we focused on what we call ‘Eduvation,' which we discussed together to find out how we could fill the skill gap and provide the requirements for the labour market in the UAE.

"We had academics and individuals from the government, private, and public sectors working together in order to find practical implementable solutions, that would help the UAE enhance its human capital to continue to develop its own people and attract global talents."

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