QU symposium focuses on GCC education

 28 Feb 2016 - 1:41

QU symposium focuses on GCC education
Dr Hassan Rashid Al Derham (left), President, Qatar University, and Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim Al Thani, Founder and Chairman, Al Faisal Without Borders Foundation, during the launch of the award.


DOHA: Qatar University (QU) College of Education held a symposium yesterday to promote best education practices in the GCC and facilitate coordination among educators in the region. 
The symposium ‘Education in Gulf Cooperation Council Countries: Educational Creativity and Aspirations’ also aimed to facilitate coordination among educators to advance professional development, educational research and develop new curricula strategies.
It brought together over 30 speakers, including academics, researchers, experts and practitioners from Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
They discussed educational initiatives in the GCC and addressed challenges facing the education sector in the region. Participants included Dr Hassan Rashid Al Derham, President, QU; Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim Al Thani,  Founder and Chairman, Al Faisal Without Borders Foundation;  Dr Mazen Hasna, Vice-President and CAO, QU; Dr Hissa Sadiq, Dean of the college; ministry officials, college faculty, students and staff.
Keynote speaker and Assistant Professor Dr Khalifa Al Suwaidi from the UAE University Department of Curriculum and Learning Methods spoke on ‘Coming through the desert: Educational contradictions’.
The symposium featured the launch of Sheikh Faisal bin Qassim Al Thani Award for Educational Research. It also included sessions and workshops on topics, including ‘K-12 Reform in the GCC Countries: Challenges and Policy Recommendations’; ‘ExxonMobil Teachers Academy (QUEMTA): A Successful Partnership’; ‘Implication of E-Robot Solution in Kuwait’s Robotics Technology Learning and Innovation’; ‘Scaffolding, a teaching practice to support students’ acquisition of second language’; ‘Momentum for Education 2030: Educational Quality and Improved Learning Outcomes in the GCC States’; ‘Assessing understanding of the solar system concepts for eighth grade students by integrating I-cube technology’; and many more.
Dr Al Derham said, “The forum is an advance step towards promoting efforts to establish coordination between the GCC educational systems, create opportunities for exchanging successful experiences and building excellent professional partnerships. Over the past few years, the GCC countries have made tremendous efforts to advance general and higher education. This is part of their continuous mission towards achieving human development and the growth of society. The development and reform initiatives were applied through various methods and procedures, some of which were successful, while others failed or did not achieve the targeted aspirations. This is not unusual at a time where the GCC countries aspire to develop their educational systems in a way that meets the needs of their societies. The integration of general and higher education depends on a combination of our plans, an effective and optimal investment in human potential, and the alignment of the educational systems outcomes with the needs of students and the wider community.” The Peninsula