Technical education forum highlights Qatar progress
Qatar: More than 650 delegates from a total of 42 countries are meeting at the Qatar National Convention Centre to discuss technical and vocational education and training (TVET) at the Global Innovators Conference 2013.
The conference, which concludes tomorrow, highlights the latest research and methodologies in technical and vocational education and training and is expected to culminate into a think-tank session for TVET leaders in Qatar.
The three-day conference, organised by College of the North Atlantic – Qatar (CNA-Q) in partnership with Qatar Petroleum and Unesco-Unevoc, opened on Thursday with a gala dinner.
Matthew B Crawford, author of the bestselling book Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work, was the evening’s keynote speaker.
Other noted speakers during the three-day event include Patch Adams, John Baker, Markus Maurer, Roger Fisher, Maryellen Weimer, Eric Chester, Mark David Milliron, Brian Little, Bill Lucas, Guy Claxton, and Suleiman A Suleiman of Unesco’s Regional Bureau.
“Global Innovators 2013: Leading and Learning in Technical and Vocational Education” calls attention to Qatar’s progress in TVET, and how this focus is helping the country to realise its National Vision 2030 and the goals of the National Development Strategy, a CNA-Q representative said.
An introductory panel discussion with invited experts was held yesterday morning featuring Dr Anna Paolini, OIC, Unesco Doha, World Federation Colleges and Polytechnics president James Knight and TVET expert Bill Lucas.
The discussion was moderated by Ian Brockie.
Guests of honour at the event yesterday were Unesco’s National Commission secretary general and International Education Affairs director AbdulAziz al-Tamimi and Policy Analysis and Research Office director Dr Abdulaziz Ali al-Saadi, both representing the Supreme Education Council.
“This year, we are celebrating the 10th anniversary of CNA-Q and we wanted to gather the best and brightest thinkers in the TVET field to challenge the status quo and we hope to lead to new development at CNA-Q and globally,” said CNA-Q Executive Committee vice chair Dr Latifa al-Houty, who is one of the founders of the college.
In 10 years since the college opened its doors, over 3,000 young Qataris have mastered technical skills and moved on to challenging jobs in the country’s key industries, she said.
© Gulf Times 2013