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Mohammed attends lecture on education

posted on 21/08/2010: 738 views

H.H. Gen. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, attended last night at his Ramadan majlis a lecture on 'Education: from Nursery to G12 : The Path to Global Competitiveness' delivered by Louis V. Gerstner, Jr. Retired Chairman and CEO, International Business Machines (IBM) and Chairman of Broad Institute, University of Harvard and MIT.

The lecture was attended by H.H. Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Ras al-Khaimah, H.H. Sheikh Ammar bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Crown Prince of Ajman, H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in the Western Region, H.H.Sheikh Surour bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, H.H. Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chief of Abu Dhabi Crown Prince's Court, Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Sheikh Sultan bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority, Sheikh Rashid bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, and Chairman of Ajman Department of Municipality and Planning.

A group of Sheikhs, ministers, senior officials, MPs and diplomats were also present in the second lecture hosted by Sheikh Mohammed's majlis.

The lecturer said he was impressed with Sheikh Mohammed's support and care for development of education in the emirate of Abu Dhabi, which he said, goes in parallel with the government's attention to education nationwide as education is seen as a major mainstay of vibrant economy in the 21st century.

Giving observations about Abu Dhabi programme for revamping the education after he met officials here, he noted that the emirate is conscious about the urgency of reforming the education system as part of its drive for introducing reforms relating to other national priorities mainly the call for knowledge-based economy.

He said that he was impressed with the Abu Dhabi's integrated educational development plan, which he said he has never seen like it in the world.

According to him, Abu Dhabi is capable of solving its educational challenges through developing creative solutions to them.

The education plan in the emirate, he added, needs more concentration on some key priorities that would help it overcome scores of challenges the education sector is facing.

In his view, the top priority is to have best teachers who can be groomed through specialised colleges equipped with the most advanced learning facilities and those who draw high salaries for their up to mark performance.

The most pressing challenges is to have an education that is based on culture rather than evaluation and benchmarking only.

Abu Dhabi, he continued, should spread and circulate the culture and excellence in its schools and preserve them.

Quoting Sheikh Mohammed's statement in which he said Abu Dhabi's vision about building an open, competitive economy at international level, the lecturer said if that takes place, education will be at the core of this policy because it is the only way for building competitiveness in the 21st century.

He gave an overview of the reality of education in the US over the last 40 years and the challenges of reform.

He stressed that the competitiveness world is based on economic success which in turn is motivated by education, the key to success. – Emirates News Agency, WAM


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