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Under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan BETT 2017 reveals speaker line-up and awards shortlist

  • 2017’s keynote roster includes leaders and decision-makers from the UAE, Saudi Arabia, France, Bahrain, United Kingdom, Egypt, and Oman
  • Voice of the student to showcase inventions and award-winning projects from ADEC and GEMS
  • BETT 2017 Awards shortlist sneak peek – further awards to be announced during the Gala Dinner

Bett Middle East, a leading global education technology exhibition and congress series, under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, in partnership with the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) and Microsoft, is gearing up to host several illustrious speakers from global organizations and regional governmental entities for its second edition on 25-26th April 2017.

The two-day event will take place at the Dusit Thani and welcomes 1,600 education policy makers, leaders and experts from over 35 countries.

The Bett Middle East Leadership Summit will witness regional senior education leaders and esteemed global speakers come together under a theme of Igniting Excitement through Innovation in Learning”. Featuring keynote addresses, discussions and debates on a wide range of topics affecting educational transformation, the Summit will include the latest trends in STEM education, educational equality and access, employability and 21st century skills, and big data.

“As part of ADEC’s ambition to offer quality education for students across the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, and in efforts to graduate a competent and well-equipped workforce of pioneers with experience in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics, the education council continues to seek some of the best trends in education as per 21st century teaching and learning skills,” commented His Excellency Dr. Ali Rashid Al Nuaimi, Abu Dhabi Education Council’s (ADEC) Director General.

His Excellency further explained that ADEC’s partnership with Bett provides unlimited knowledge and networking opportunities, thus bringing about latest trends in education, technology and employability.

“Education systems around the world are constantly undergoing reform and innovation in order to keep up with a competitive workforce. I look forward to witnessing the different discussions at Bett Middle East 2017 and aspire that core competencies in education will be highlighted, with focus on collaboration, digital literacy, critical thinking, and problem solving; all part of 21st century teaching and learning skills.”

Microsoft, as a worldwide partner to Bett, will bring inspiring content that shares next generation ideas and innovative technology-led classroom practices in the Middle East, Africa and the world. Attending educators and school leaders will gain access to Microsoft’s wide range of talk tracks and sessions built on driving digital transformation in the classrooms and redefine learning experiences.

Anthony Salcito, Vice President, Worldwide Education at Microsoft, in his keynote for the second consecutive year at Bett Middle East will be sharing Microsoft’s view on what Digital Transformation means for education institutions and how schools can truly improve learning outcomes through a strong foundation and lasting vision that is powered by technology.

“Digital transformation is often shortsighted and seen specific to technology with focus on acquiring computers, whiteboards or even electronic books. But its far more than that – it’s about the way in which people teach and learn.” Said Ahmed Ameen Ashour, Education Director, Microsoft Gulf. “Microsoft believes schools must envision how to improve learning outcomes and curricula that can empower students with the skills they need for future. And Bett Middle east is incredible platform for us to drive this conversation and share how we can truly transform experiences for teachers and students to achieve more.”

Other notable and influential figures across the education industry speaking at the Forum include:

  • Saudi Arabia: Dr Mohammed Al-Ohali, Deputy Minister, Educational Affairs, Ministry of Education, Dr. Mohamed S. Mahrous, Vice-President for Quality & Development, Taibah University
  • UAE: H.E. Amal Koos, Secretary – General, United Arab Emirates National Commission for Education, Culture and Science, Ms. Rosamund Marshall, Chief Executive, Officer Taaleem, Sir Christopher Stone, Chief Education Officer for MENESA, GEMS Education
  • Oman: Suliman Saif Al Kindi, Director General, Directorate – General of Information Technology, Ministry of Education,
  • Egypt: Inas Sobhy, e-Learning General Director, Ministry of Education, Ms. Gail Campbell, Regional Director, MENA British Council and Member of BC Management Board, The British Council
  • France: Elizabeth Fordham, Senior Advisor, Education, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development OECD
  • Bahrain: Cameron Mirza, Office of the President, University of Bahrain

A window into the student mind

Within this year’s Bett Middle East Expo, an exhibition of ground-breaking companies showcasing innovative solutions with the ability to transform teaching spaces, is the Learn Live theatre. This program will feature seminars, practical demonstrations and presentations that have been curated to address the pressing questions in the minds of educators across the Middle East and to help them develop their skills. In light of this year’s theme, Learn Live will include a new series of student-led sessions.

Eve Harper, Event Director of Bett Middle East commented “BETT Middle East 2017, has us especially excited to be bringing a line-up of student speakers to the Learn Live programme. From the Young Inventor Showcase, where you can hear from the next generation of entrepreneurs, to our happiness panel, where students will be sharing the initiatives they are taking to promote positivity in schools – this year allows attendees to hear from the people who matter most and get to know what inspires them.”

Awarding educational excellence

Another addition to Bett this year, are the BETT Middle East Awards, a celebration of the individuals, institutions and organisations inspiring educational excellence. The submissions were judged by a panel of members from BETT’s new VIP steering committee, BETT Diwan.

The committee faced the task of selecting creatively challenging submissions that showcased originality and innovation in addressing key issues facing the region’s education sector. All of the winning submissions will be awarded during the Bett Middle East Gala Dinner on 25 April 2017.

Below is a selection of the award shortlists per category:  

  • Leadership – Individual
    • Mark Steed, JESS Dubai
    • Fatma Al Bastiki, Hamdan Bin Zayed School
  • Leadership – Institution
    • Caledonian College of Engineering, Oman
    • United Arab Emirates University, UAE
  • Game Changer
    • Al Faisal Foundation
    • ITWORX (WinjiGo)
  • Innovation – Higher Education
    • Ankabut
    • Middle East College – teaching and learning tool
  • Innovation – K12
    • Diglossia – TALA Arabic Language Arts Assessment
    • Classera Inc

Bett Middle East 2017 aims to address the latest trends, challenges and advancements in education and innovation, with a distinct focus on the Middle East and Africa. The event offers educators and education professionals a platform to network with government officials, education leaders and brands at the forefront of educational transformation.

– BETT Middle East 2017 & ADEC Media