By Tamara Pupic
Innovation Arabia 10 looks into the future under the theme ‘Innovation & Entrepreneurship: The Engines of Sustainability’
Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University (HBMSU) has begun the preparations to host the 10th Innovation Arabia Congress under the patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and President of HBMSU.
To be held from March 6 to 8, 2017 at The Address Dubai Marina, the congress will attract a number of international figures to promote innovation in the Arab World by creating an environment conducive to innovative revolution and creativity.
To be stage under the theme ‘Innovation and Entrepreneurship: The Engines of Sustainability,’ Innovation Arabia 10 is of strategic importance given that innovation plays a crucial role in the development of the region’s vital sectors, including education, health, public services, economy, manufacturing, small and medium enterprises (SMEs), and family-run businesses.
The event includes three main international conferences on quality and business management under the theme ‘Unleashing Innovation, Empowering Entrepreneurship.’ In addition, ‘Smart Learning’ conference will tackle the following topics ‘Build Knowledge Based Communities;’ and ‘Health and Environment,’ and ‘Changing Minds, Protecting the Environment.’
The participants will particularly focus on the role of education, health and the environment in re-shaping the future of sustainability based primarily on innovation.
Ali Jaber, dean of Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Communication at American University of Dubai (AUD) and group TV director of Middle East Broadcasting Corporation (MBC), will be the Congress main keynote speaker.
Dr. Timothy Mescon, senior vice president and chief officer of Europe, Middle East, and Africa of AACSB International will be Quality and Business Management conference keynote speaker; in addition to Dr. Ahmed Al Nuseirat, coordinator general, Dubai Government Excellence Programme.
Among the international speakers for the Smart Learning Conference are Gard Titlestad, Secretary General of the International Council for Distance Education (ICDE), and Steven Duggan, director of worldwide education strategy at Microsoft Corporation and member of the governing board of the UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education.
Dr .Mansoor Al Awar, HBMSU chancellor, said: “We have chosen ‘Innovation and Entrepreneurship: The Engines of Sustainability’ as this year’s theme in line with our efforts to make a positive impact on the growing need for excellent models of innovation, entrepreneurship and sustainability.
‘Smart Learning Excellence’ will discuss smart learning’s modern and innovative concepts as well as its role in creating knowledge-based societies, in addition to identifying ways to enhance the positive impact of transformational and societal education on the quality of the learning experience. The latter will create a knowledge revolution to improve the region's ability to bring about sustainable development in line with the global educational goals set by UNESCO, particularly in terms of promoting education for sustainable development.
“Similarly, we are confident about this year’s ‘Health & Environment Conference,’ which will gather leading researchers, academics and international figures to discuss ways to overcome obstacles facing innovation in the health and environment industry. The conference will also showcase the latest effective solutions for promoting the role of innovation in paving the way for a sustainable future in a bid to restore balance in the ecosystem and maintain public health.”
Innovation Arabia 10 will feature a series of innovative training programmes to be held on the sidelines of the international conferences.
Quality & Business Management Conference 2017 will host a training workshop on ‘Planning by Scenarios – Shaping the Future,’ which is specifically designed by HBMSU in response to the decision of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to adopt the ‘UAE Strategy for the Future.’
A training workshop on ‘Innovation in Social Responsibility and Sustainability’ will be held on the sidelines of the Health & Environment Conference and in line with the declaration of 2017 as ‘Year of Reading’. It will showcase the progress of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) concept and shed light on the top practical CSR experiences.
The Smart Learning Conference, on the other hand, will enable educators to take part in a training workshop on ‘Using Information Technologies in Education’ to learn about the positive impact of Microsoft tools and technologies in enhancing the learning experience and outputs.
For first time in its history, Innovation Arabia will feature a rich agenda of live demonstrations, research workshops, panel discussions and interactive sessions through a ‘Virtual Congress.’