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Gordon Payne, Divisional Director, Bett Middle East, i2i Events

Bett, a leading global education technology exhibition and congress series, has announced its inaugural Middle East Leadership Forum and Expo in Abu Dhabi. Taking place April 6 -7, 2016 at the Intercontinental Hotel Abu Dhabi, Bett Middle East Leadership Forum and Expo will be hosted under a strategic partnership with the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) and will discuss the transformation of education in the Middle East, while promoting the discovery of technology and knowledge to enhance lifelong learning across the regional academic landscape.

Crafted following more than 100 hours of research, the Leadership Forum will feature keynote addresses, discussions, and debates on the key opportunities for the region’s education systems across K-12, Higher Education and Vocational Education and Training, to include topics touching all areas of professional development; STEM+, EdTech, as well as language and regional culture. These plenary sessions will be followed by three simultaneously-running streams in the afternoon, to facilitate in-depth conversations across a range of topics and industries, including cyber safety, Special Educational Needs (SEN), vocational education, language learning and 21st century skills.

Meanwhile, the Bett Middle East Expo will showcase the latest, cutting-edge solutions in education technology alongside CPD accredited workshops for educators.

The Bett Middle East Leadership Forum will witness the region’s most senior education leaders and global speakers, including the Ministry of Education – UAE, Ministry of Education – Oman, Ministry of Education – Bahrain, Abu Dhabi Education Council -UAE, Queen Rania Teacher Academy, Microsoft, GEMS and UNESCO. In addition, key strategic partners and supporters of the event include: The Mohammed Bin Rashid Smart Learning Program (MBRSLP); The Association of British Schools in the Middle East (BSME) and The Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA). Microsoft will continue its long-standing commitment to Bett as a worldwide partner, with other co-sponsors including Lenovo.

Commenting on the event, H.E. Dr. Ali Rashid Al Noaimi, Director General of the Abu Dhabi Education Council said: “In light of the ambitious development plans and long-term strategies adopted by the Council with the aim of driving the 21st century education system, and in line with our efforts towards equipping students with rich, innovation-based learning experiences, especially in science and entrepreneurship, we take the pride in hosting this significant event here in Abu Dhabi.”

“Abu Dhabi Education Council is committed to developing and establishing partnerships with various stakeholders and experts in the education field. We look forward to providing inspiring insights from world class educators and speakers on emerging technologies and latest practices in education technology,” he added.

“We are proud to partner with the Abu Dhabi Education Council to bring our leading global education technology event series to the UAE.  Abu Dhabi is fast transforming into a hub for educational excellence inspired by its Vision 2030 and pioneering leadership. Bett Middle East Leadership Forum and Expo will be an exceptional gathering of global and regional educational experts, decision and policy-makers and will be a must attend annual event for senior education leaders,” said Gordon Payne, Divisional Director, Bett Middle East, i2i Events.

“At Microsoft we are proud to be part of this year’s Bett Middle East in Abu Dhabi. The world of learning is changing and we look forward to sharing new practices, new ideas and technologies to empower leaders and educators to deliver that change in the classroom,” said Anthony Salcito, Vice President, Worldwide Education, Microsoft.

In 2016, Bett Middle East expects to host approx. 1000 education leaders from more than 15 countries – over 80 world-class speakers, more than 600 policy- and decision-making delegates and 400+ practitioners alongside the most prominent players in the education technology industry.

With a rich heritage of 30+ years, Bett is a global meeting place for the education technology community. Through a series of world-class events, including its flagship event in London UK, Bett’s international footprint has expanded overseas into Latin America and Asia.

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