The organisers of the Gulf Education Conference and Exhibition announced at the HCT-Dubai Men’s College (DMC) that the 2015 event would be held in Dubai for the first time.
Previously the conference has taken place in London, UK. The move brings the opportunity to learn, develop and network with peers from Europe and other countries closer to the academic community of the Gulf region.
Announcing the event dates of March 17-19, 2015, Event Director Abdelkhalig Mohammed said: “We have long felt in the event’s development that there would be a time when it would be right for Gulf Education to move to the region in order to give closer access to the fast-growing and developing education sector of the Middle East. From the support and demand of our audience we acknowledge that 2015 is that time.”
The event has gone from strength to strength with the content of the conference programme becoming increasingly topical and innovative in recent years. This year the themes of the conference will focus strongly on vocational education and employer engagement, providing a platform from which to share successful practice in the fields of vocational education, and effective modes of employer engagement for positive outcomes.
To date the underlying emphasis to all four GE conferences has been weighted heavily on the importance of Gulf/Global partnerships in all areas of learning, whether this is research collaborations or student recruitment strategies, and it is felt that this premise is further nurtured by the move to Dubai.
The Gulf Education Event Director was joined by Official Partners of the event which included Dr Saoud Al Mulla, Director of the HCT-Dubai Colleges, Essa Al Mulla, Chief of National Workforce Development and Ali Al Jarrah, Supervisor of regional office of Arab Administrative Development Organization.All are key stakeholders in the field of education and are strongly supporting the development of the conference in ensuring that it realizes the objectives for both the local and international attendees.
“I am delighted by the decision to move Gulf Education to Dubai in 2015. The move will bring the event much closer to more of our colleagues in the Gulf who have a strong imperative to develop education to meet the employment needs of the Region. Universities, colleges, employers and other bodies have already been generous in their support and in giving good advice about the programme and we are honoured to be able to contribute to the development of education in the Region,” David Lock, Chairman of the Gulf Education Advisory Board, said.
Dr Saoud Al Mulla, Director of the HCT-Dubai Colleges, said it was an honour for the HCT-Dubai Colleges to be a Strategic Partner of the prestigious education conference. “We are very excited about this renowned international conference coming to the UAE for the first time in its fifth year, and for the Higher Colleges of Technology to be an integral part of the wonderful initiative, which will have a definite UAE and regional aspect to it,” Dr Al Mulla said.
“It is appropriate for HCT to be involved as a strategic partner in this conference, which will have the themes of vocational education including workforce development and 21st century skills and employer engagement with educational institutions,” Dr Al Mulla added.
“The HCT has a deserved reputation as a leader in the fields of vocational and work-relevant courses, with very high employment rates of graduates, as well as employer engagement where all of our courses are designed with direct input from employers, so that our graduates have the skills and knowledge to effectively operate in the workplace,” he said.
“I feel it is the correct time for this move and we fully endorse it and look forward to an interesting and engaging programme in March 2015,” Dr Sultan Abu Orabi, Secretary General of the Association of Arab Universities, said.