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Etisalat-BT Innovation Center organizes International Symposium on Smart Learning

Event is held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan

Under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan Chief of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince’s Court and Deputy Chairman of Khalifa University’s Board of Trustee’s the international iCampus Symposium on “Smart Learning” (IC’13) started today at the Yas Viceroy Hotel.  The symposium is being organized by the Etisalat BT Innovation Center (EBTIC) in collaboration with Khalifa University Ankabut and IEEE UAE Education Society and in partnership with the Abu Dhabi Educational Council (ADEC) the Abu Dhabi Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (ACTVET) the Mohammed Bin Rashid Smart Learning Program and ICT Fund. This is the first time the event is being held in the Middle East.

Since its inception the event has been running in Europe and Asia. For this year the event is being held in Abu Dhabi the capital of the UAE in order to meet the needs of the local context and more importantly to align with the education pillar set out in the Abu Dhabi 2030 and the UAE 2021 visions.

The first topic of discussion for the day was “The Global Climate Change in Education ” and featured presentations on “SmartLearning Program: Snapshots of the Real Implementation” by Mr. Mohammed Gheyath Director General of Mohammed Bin Rashid Smart Learning Program in the UAE and “Delivering Knowledge and Fast Food in the 21st Century” by Prof. Rob Reilly IEEE Division VI Director-Elect and IEEE Board of Directors former President of IEEE Education Society and visiting scientist for the MIT Center for Educational Computing Initiatives from the USA.

Other topics covered included: “Smart Education in the Localized Context” which featured presentations by Prof. Chee-Kit Looi Founding Head of Learning Sciences Lab and Head of the Centre of Excellence for Learning Innovation and Professor in the National Institute of Education for Nanyang Technological University from Singapore and Dr. Abdullatif AlShamsi Managing Director of Institute of Applied Technology UAE.

“Abu Dhabi Education Council is pleased to support this very important symposium that deals with a subject of national importance ” said Dr. Arif Al Hammadi Executive Director of Higher Education at the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC). “With the Abu Dhabi Vision 2030 and the UAE Vision 2021 all aiming towards creating  a knowledge-based economy it is absolutely critical to strengthen our education sector and ensure that the nation’s youth are educated and prepared for an increasingly competitive world.  This particular symposium is important because it makes a direct contribution to important national initiatives specifically on the issue of smart learning and the ability to merge technology with the learning process which is an area that the UAE is taking very seriously.”

“This has been an exciting day for EBTIC ” said Dr Mohamed Al-Mualla EBTIC Board Member and Khalifa University’s Senior Vice President of R&D. “We are proud to be able to organize this eventfor the first time in the UAE and to discuss issues of national importance with an impressive selection of speakers from around the world all coming together in one place to foster collaboration and disseminate forefront research and information.  I look forward to seeing the outcomes of this event and the advancements it will recommend for the education sector in the UAE. This event would not have been possible without the hard work of our local organizing committee and the generous support of our sponsors: Emirates Advanced Investments Group (EAIG) Tawazun ADEC; Polycom FVC; Springer and Tech Knowledge”.

For more information please visit: http://ic13.intelligentcampus.org/

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