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UAE on global leadership track through education
Published in The Saudi Gazette on 25 - 02 - 2015

DUBAI — The UAE is laying the foundation for global leadership through education, Hussain Bin Ebrahim Al Hammadi, UAE Minister of Education, told delegates of the 8th Global Educational Supplies and Solutions (GESS) Dubai and Global Education Forum.
He highlighted UAE's impressive international achievements last year, including its improved ranking on the Global Competitiveness Index at 12th place, and becoming the 3rd leading nation worldwide for attracting technology and talent specialized in building the knowledge economy.
The UAE is now ranked first globally in 18 public performance reports, issued by the International Institute for Management Development in Switzerland. It has also achieved a standing as an advanced global center for innovation, reaching the first place regionally.
Moreover, the UAE occupies the first four positions in the global information technology report by the World Economic Forum in the indicators relating to the importance of information and communication technology as per the vision for future government. It is also now the world's second largest in government procurement of advanced technology.
“With these achievements as evidenced by highly respected global reports issued last year, we can affirm that the impressive progress achieved by the UAE is a product of the will and the desire of its society and people to lead the world under guidance, leadership and vision of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and his Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai and their Highnesses Supreme Council members and rulers of the Emirates, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces,” Al Hammadi further said.
According to the education minister, everything UAE has achieved in all aspects of life has propelled it into the future allowing the UAE to grow through the very same spirit of innovation and ambition to be a leader among nations, as well as contribute towards advancement and discovery of new technology, scientific research, knowledge, for the benefit of human civilization and its existence and progress.
Dr Majid Al Nuaimi, Minister of Education for Bahrain, and Ali Al Qarni, Director General of the GCC Arab Education Bureau, as well as key personnel from the UAE Ministry of Education such as undersecretaries Fawzia Gharib, Khawla Al Moalla, Ali Mayhad, and Amal Al Kaws all attended the keynote presentation at the opening day of the forum.
The World Bank's Lead Education Economist, Harry Patrinos affirmed the important role of education in society in his presentation, “What Works in Education to Get Economies Moving and to Sustain Growth?”
Patrinos said education is one of the most powerful tools for reducing poverty and inequality and for laying the foundations of economic growth. “And the importance of educating people is backed by irrefutable evidence as recent findings suggest that increasing numbers of people who had entered school leave school with improved competence and capacity.
Al Hammadi also announced the launch of the Ministry of Education's Founder Award in memory of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The award, which carries an AED4.6 million prize, is distinct in its methodology, standards, and objectives aims to inspire excellence and unleashing innovation and the creative spirit on the field and among educators and students, as well as its association with our founder the late Sheikh Zayed.
Matt Thompson, Project Director, F&E Group, organizers of GESS Dubai, said this year's edition of the region's premier exhibition show has gathered the very latest productions and solutions aimed at enabling teachers and students to be innovation champions in their respective schools. — SG

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